BBC Japan's MPs back anti-piracy bill -The lower house of Japan's parliament has approved a bill to allow the country's naval ships to take a bigger role in fighting pirates off Somalia.
The bill will mean the navy can escort non-Japanese ships and use weapons for more than just self-defense purposes.
BBC China puts naval might on display - Michael Bristow -China is staging a military parade to celebrate its navy's 60th anniversary - and show the world its latest warships.
A least one of the country's nuclear-powered submarines is on display at the naval parade, being held in the port city of Qingdao.
Twenty-one foreign naval vessels from 14 countries are also taking part, including the US, France and Russia.
[I don't think this sudden show of naval force is just about a fifteen year old Somali pirate!]