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The Oil Slicks Covered 4 Square Miles. A Day Later, 13 Times That

Environmentalists are fretting after tanker spill in East China Sea

(Newser) - Environmental activists are raising the alarm following what the New York Times calls the largest tanker oil spill in nearly 30 years. The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 tons, or more than 1 million barrels, of natural gas condensate when it collided with a freighter in the East China Sea... More »

'No Hope:' Iranian Tanker Sinks

A week after collision off China coast, Tehran says there are no survivors as ship goes down

(Newser) - A burning Iranian tanker listing for days off the coast of China after a collision with another vessel sank Sunday, with an Iranian official saying there was "no hope" of survival for the 29 missing sailors onboard. Iranian state television reported that the Sanchi had sunk Sunday in the... More »

China Used Top Gun Move in 'Unprofessional' Intercept

Taunt against US pilot?

(Newser) - A bit more info on what the US Air Force has called an "unprofessional" interception of an American "nuclear sniffer" aircraft by two Chinese fighter jets. A US official tells CNN that China's two Su-30 planes that approached a US WC-135 Constant Phoenix plane Wednesday over the... More »

Chinese Fighter Jets Intercept US Plane

US protests 'unprofessional' move

(Newser) - A pair of Chinese fighter jets conducted an "unprofessional" intercept of an American radiation-sniffing surveillance plane over the East China Sea, the US Air Force said Friday, the latest in a series of such incidents that have raised US concerns in an already tense region. On Wednesday, the two... More »

Obama in Japan: Diplomacy, Sushi, Soccer With a Robot

Obama pledges to defend Japan in dispute over 'rock'

(Newser) - President Obama guaranteed that the US would protect Japan if its dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands comes to blows, a serious moment in a conspicuously fun Tokyo trip. Obama said the islands have historically been administered by Japan, and that a US treaty "covers all territories administered... More »

More Warplanes Enter China Zone

...except these belong to China

(Newser) - After the US , Japan, and South Korea all managed to fly through China's newly declared air defense zone over the East China Sea issue-free, China has been left embarrassed, reports the AP —and, it seems, finally ready to respond. It sent warplanes of its own, as well as... More »

2 US Bombers Defy China's New Defense Zone

Flights over disputed islands go unchallenged

(Newser) - China's newly declared air-defense zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea is apparently a defense zone in name only. Just days after Beijing announced the controversial move , two B-52 bombers from the US put it to the test by flying over the islands unannounced in defiance of... More »

China Sets Up Defense Zone Over Disputed Islands

Japan objects, says Beijing is raising dangerous tensions

(Newser) - The Chinese Defense Ministry today issued a map of a newly identified air-defense zone in the East China Sea that includes a chain of disputed islands also claimed by Japan. The move triggered an immediate protest from Tokyo. Beijing also issued a set of rules for the zone, saying all... More »

Japan: China Violated Our Airspace

Chinese plane approached disputed islands

(Newser) - Japan says a Chinese government plane violated its airspace by soaring too close to the disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. Japan scrambled eight fighter jets and complained to Beijing in response, a Japanese spokesman says. It's the first time a Chinese government aircraft... More »

Obama Attends East Asia Summit Amid Sea Feud

China at center of multiple territorial disputes

(Newser) - President Obama is in Cambodia today, meeting with East Asian leaders amid a contentious territorial dispute over the South China Sea . Speaking publicly, neither Obama nor Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao responded to reporters' shouted questions about the tensions, the BBC reports. Instead, Obama referred to a "cooperative and constructive... More »

China to Protesters: Please Keep It 'Orderly'

Anti-Japan protests are entirely too polite

(Newser) - Anti-Japan protests over the disputed East China Sea islands continued for a fourth day today in China, and Christian Science Monitor Beijing Bureau Chief Peter Ford describes the almost amusing orderliness of them. "The Beijing Public Security Bureau reminds you to please express your patriotism in a rational and... More »

China, Japan Trade Stunts Over Disputed Islands

With big gas fields under islets, neither country backing down

(Newser) - Chinese and Japanese activists are causing headaches in both countries over some islands in the East China Sea controlled by Japan, but claimed by both countries, reports the BBC . Called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China (and in Taiwan, which also claims them), the uninhabited islands made the news... More »

Oceans Get Gloomy Report

Global warming, pollution, fishing all affect marine life

(Newser) - More than 40% of marine ecosystems are being dramatically altered by a combination of pollution, fishing, and global warming, researchers warn in a new study. In fact, no area of the ocean remains unaffected by human activity, reports National Geographic. The biggest problem is global warming, which not only changes... More »

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