But geography is a challenge to China: Japan sits above the first and second island chains
, while the Philippines lies between the two chains.
Over the next five years, Japan will increase its Self Defence Force in the East China Sea by about a fifth to almost 10,000 personnel, including missile batteries that will help Japan draw a defensive curtain along the island chain
noae density with a seaward progression from the inner island chain
, where no specimens were recorded, to the middle island chain
The Soviet Union seized the island chain
following Japan's surrender at the end of World War II in 1945, deporting some 17,000 Japanese residents.
As per the 10-year plan, Sanya was planning to add the island chains
of Zhongsha and Nansha (the Spratlys) to a cruise route.
Japan claimed the island chain
as official Japanese territory in 1895.
Bellow made the comments during a visit by lawmakers, businessmen and reporters to the island chain
I don't think there is any correlation between this issue and the problem surrounding the Senkaku islands", referring to the island chain
called Diaoyu by China.
Many naval ships are berthed along the island chain
Sarychev is on Matua Island, part of the Kuril Island chain
north of Japan, and has been erupting steadily since June 12.
The islands are scarcely populated, but the United Nations last year said the pristine environment of the Pacific island chain
was in danger due to booming tourism.
This sun-soaked island chain
is a thriving offshore financial center and enjoys one of the world's highest per-capita gross domestic products.