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China’s People’s Liberation Army has been conducting live ammunition drills in the East China Sea during the last week.

The fleet’s main forces, including dozens of warships, fighter aircraft, submarines and missile units, carried out 16 combat training programs ranging from anti-missile techniques to searching for and attacking submarines, according to a captain of one of the warships.

This is in response to the Japanese government signing a contract last Tuesday to purchase the Diaoyu or Senkaku Islands, although there is a dispute as to who is the true owner of the islands.


In the East China Sea, China’s navy, Fishery Administration and Maritime Surveillance Agency conducted a joint drill amid ongoing tensions over islands disputed with Japan.

State television CCTV reported that the exercise involved 11 military and civilian vessels of the East China Sea fleet and eight types of aircraft. The navy’s brigade of medical ships, tugboats, jet fighters and rescue helicopters was joined by law enforcement vessels and helicopters deployed by the two participating civilian partners, according to CCTV.



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A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off Japan’s southern coast Friday, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The agency said there was no danger of damage from a tsunami, though there may be a small tidal increase.

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Japan's new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and his wife Miyuki

(AFP Photo/Jiji Press)

Japan’s new Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, faces formidable foreign policy
challenges in dealing with an expansionist China, a nuclear armed North
Korea and a sinister Russia. But he need have no concerns about establishing
friendly relations with the planet Venus — his own wife is a friend of the
Venusians, having travelled there in a UFO in the 1970s.

“While my body was sleeping, I think my spirit flew on a triangular-shaped UFO
to Venus,” she said. “It was an extremely beautiful place and was very
green.” Her first husband suggested that it was probably just a dream —
but Mr Hatoyama, she insisted, would not be so dismissive. “My current
husband has a different way of thinking,” she said. “He would surely say,
‘Oh, that’s great!’”