While China’s growing naval power grabs headlines, Japan’s evolving navy and military power might just be the real story.
China-Japan island dispute: Beijing orders helicopter units to be combat ready – The Times of India
Amid rising tensions with Japan over disputed islands, Chinese army in a bid to scale up battle readiness has ordered its armed helicopters to shift focus from logistic missions and gear up for combat operations.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) planned to change the training strategy of its army aviation unit as more and more armed helicopters joined the service, PLA Daily which is the official newspaper of the military quoted an army aviation unit as saying.
The focus of army aviation unit will be shifted from logistics missions to combat ones, from building the capacity for non-war military actions to core military actions, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the daily as saying.
Japan talk of warning shots heats up China dispute – Businessweek
Japan says it may fire warning shots and take other measures to keep foreign aircraft from violating its airspace in the latest verbal blast between Tokyo and Beijing that raises concerns that a dispute over hotly contested islands could spin out of control.
Japanese officials made the comments after Chinese fighters tailed its warplanes near the islands recently. The incident is believed to be the first scrambling of Chinese fighters since the tensions began to rise last spring.
China calls Clinton “ignorant” as tensions flare over contested Diaoyu islands | National Monitor
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang responded to Clinton’s comments Sunday, saying that “the comments by the U.S. side are ignorant of facts and indiscriminate of rights and wrongs.”
From China’s perspective, the U.S. played a leading role in arbitrarily assigning the uninhabited islands to Japan in the chaotic territorial redistribution following World War II, despite prior Chinese claims. “We urge the U.S. side to adopt a responsible attitude in regard to the issue of the Diaoyu Islands,” Mr. Qin added. China, which has a long historical memory extending throughout thousands of years of continuous national unity, has not forgiven Japan for atrocities committed during World War II, including the infamous Nanking massacre.