ABC: BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhuanet) –Poland’s Defense Minister has announced that the first of twelve F-16 aircraft from the U.S. and at least 300 service personnel should arrive in Poland on Monday or Tuesday for a training drill. Meanwhile, a U.S. guided-missile destroyer, the USS Truxtun, passed through the Bosphorus Strait on Friday afternoon on its way to the Black Sea. The training drill involving the F-16 fighter jets will include other airfields besides Lask where a U.S. Air Force detachment is stationed. And the U.S. warship’s movements raise fears that the stand-off between Russia and Ukraine and the West over Crimea could become more militarized. A Turkish coast guard vessel is escorting the U.S. warship during its voyage along the Bosphorus Strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. The U.S. Navy said in a statement that the Truxtun, with 300 sailors on board, left Greece on Thursday en route to the Black Sea and would conduct training with Romanian and Bulgarian naval forces. (Source: CNTV.cn)

China has blamed Japan for current tensions in the East China Sea saying there’s no room for compromise over disputed islands.

China’s foreign minister says his country will vigorously defend its sovereignty, declaring there is “no room for compromise” with Japan over territory or history.

“We will never bully smaller countries yet we will never accept unreasonable demands from smaller countries,” China’s minister of foreign affairs Wang Yi said.

“On issues of territory and sovereignty, China’s position is firm and clear: We will not take anything that isn’t ours, but we will defend every inch of territory that belongs to us.”

China is embroiled in disputes with several countries in Asia including the Philippines and Japan, with tensions centred on rival claims in the South China Sea and East China Sea.

The dispute with Tokyo is particularly tense given historical animosities between the two countries over Japan’s invasion of China in the 1930s and 40s.

Beijing and Tokyo both claim a small uninhabited archipelago in the East China Sea, administered by Japan as the Senkaku Islands, but which China calls the Diaoyu Islands.

Chinese officials and state media have this year demanded that Japan reflect on its historical aggression and atrocities, in much the same manner as postwar Germany has with its Nazi past.

“On the two issues of principle, history and territory, there is no room for compromise,” Mr Wang said.

“If some people in Japan insist on overturning the verdict on its past aggression I don’t believe the international community and all peace loving people in the world will ever tolerate or condone that.”

Tensions between the two have risen markedly since 2012 when Tokyo purchased islands in the chain it did not already own from their private Japanese owners.

Beijing has taken an increasingly hard line on the issue ever since.

Ships and aircraft from both countries regularly patrol waters around the contested territory and have occasionally come close to armed clashes.

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has mentioned the dispute within the context of World War I, when European powers Germany and Britain went to war.

Mr Wang discounted such a comparison at the press conference.

“I wish to emphasise that 2014 is not 1914, still less 1894,” he said.

“Instead of using Germany before the First World War as an object lesson, why not use Germany after the Second World War as a role model?”