Category Archives: Japan

China military warns Japan against South China sea patrols?The Asahi Shimbun

Japan is “playing with fire” with plans to step up activity in the contested South China Sea through joint training patrols with the United States, China’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday, warning it would not sit watching from the sidelines.

China claims virtually the entire South China Sea and has repeatedly denounced what it views as interference there by the United States and its ally, Japan.

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“We must solemnly tell Japan this is a miscalculation. If Japan wants to have joint patrols or drills in waters under Chinese jurisdiction this really is playing with fire,” Yang told a monthly news briefing.

“China’s military will not sit idly by,” he added, without elaborating.

China military warns Japan against South China sea patrols?The Asahi Shimbun

Why is China escalating tensions in the East China Sea? – Policy Forum

First, China’s long-term aim is to attain power parity with the United States. …

Second, anti-Japanese sentiment has deep roots in China’s history and the East China Sea dispute, and generates a sense of nationalism in China. …

Third, increasing naval activism in the East China Sea projects an assertive image onto the global arena and shifts consideration away from China’s domestic challenges: its slowing economy, rising unemployment, corruption, aging population, and environmental degradation, to name but a few.

Why is China escalating tensions in the East China Sea? – Policy Forum

China dispatches big air force fleet near Okinawa in show of force to Japan | South China Morning Post

China’s air force sent an unusually large fleet of fighter jets and bombers through the Miyako Strait near Japan’s Okinawa Island for exercises on Sunday, the second time it has headed to the Western Pacific this month.

Analysts said the sabre-rattling was meant as a strong message to Tokyo, after Japan’s new defence minister vowed to step up its military presence in the disputed South China Sea in joint training patrols with the United States.

China dispatches big air force fleet near Okinawa in show of force to Japan | South China Morning Post

80% of Japanese fear military clash around Senkakus, poll finds | The Japan Times

Will the waters around the disputed Senkaku Islands see a Sino-Japanese conflict? Eighty percent of Japanese think so.

A poll by the Pew Research Center, a Washington-based think tank, found 35 percent of Japanese respondents are “very concerned” and 45 percent “somewhat concerned” that territorial disputes between China and its neighbors — namely the Senkakus row — could erupt in conflict.

80% of Japanese fear military clash around Senkakus, poll finds | The Japan Times

Japan’s command to destroy North Korea missiles failed, reports say – UPI.com

A Japanese command to “destroy” incoming North Korea missiles on Monday repeatedly failed, according to local press.

Tokyo’s self-defense forces were unable to recognize North Korea preparations for Monday’s missile test because Pyongyang used a road mobile launcher, also known as a transporter erector launcher, Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai reported Tuesday.

Japan’s command to destroy North Korea missiles failed, reports say – UPI.com

Back to School? Japan Offers Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of War’ for First-Graders – The Daily Beast

The playground is a battlefield in Japan, and if you’re old enough to read, then you might as well learn to fight, or avoid fighting, or run away if there’s no way you can win the fight.

Here, as summer vacation comes to an end, the kids are all scrambling to finish book reports. And this year for enterprising tykes—and their Tiger Moms—or Tiger Dads—there’s a Japanese translation and adaptation of the ancient Chinese strategy book, The Art of War, by Sun Tzu. It’s recommended for kids six years old and older.

Back to School? Japan Offers Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of War’ for First-Graders – The Daily Beast

Sun Tzu – The Art of War ~ Short Documentary

China’s ‘little green boats’ have Japan on alert | The Japan Times

In early August, the Japan Coast Guard witnessed an unconventional Chinese assault on its territorial waters. According to Japanese officials I met with last week, at least 300 Chinese “fishing vessels” began incursions into the exclusive economic zone around the uninhabited Senkaku Islands, disputed territory administered by Japan but claimed by China and Taiwan as well.

Japan has seen similar probing activities for years. But in August, the Chinese escalated. There were far more boats than before, and the Chinese sent armed coast guard vessels to accompany these “fishermen.”

China’s ‘little green boats’ have Japan on alert | The Japan Times

Japan Training To Seize Contested Islands From China | The Daily Caller

The nature of Sunday’s drill is likely a response to recent Chinese actions near the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, territories in the East China Sea claimed by China but administered by Japan.

Scores of Chinese fishing vessels accompanied by several armed coast guard ships entered Japanese-controlled waters earlier this month, triggering strong protests from Tokyo. China has also sent a number of military aircraft near the contested islets. A Chinese frigate passed through the area in June.

In its latest defense white paper, Japan expressed concerns over Chinese assertiveness and aggressiveness at sea, arguing that China is “poised to fulfill its unilateral demands without compromise.”

Japan Training To Seize Contested Islands From China | The Daily Caller

East China Sea: Dress Rehearsal for Invasion? | RealClearDefense

But there had been nothing like what happened August 8 when a flotilla of more than 230 “fishing boats” escorted by up to 28 Chinese Coast Guard and other law enforcement vessels virtually surrounded the Senkaku islands for several days.

It was not immediately clear exactly what message the Chinese were trying to convey, although Tokyo has been very vocal in supporting the Philippines in its legal action against China resulting in the July 11 ruling that confirmed all of Manila’s charges.

Was the latest intrusion a dress rehearsal for war?

East China Sea: Dress Rehearsal for Invasion? | RealClearDefense

I think it’s just a good way to provoke Japan. China then has some kind of justification for military retaliation. Of course, this could all end up rapidly progressing to a full blown war between China and Japan, and not too long after that escalating to nuclear war with the US.

Chinese Threaten Japan, Australia Over South China Sea; Time For US FON Ops? « Breaking Defense

“Are these the signals of a power bent on war?”

The first sharp bilateral provocation in this pattern came when the Chinese government-owned and operated newspaper Global Times said in an editorial that China should fire on any Australian vessel participating in Freedom of Navigation operations in the South China Sea: “If Australia steps into the South China Sea waters, it will be an ideal target for China to warn and strike.”

But the editorial didn’t just include the threat. The paper went on to describe Australia as “a unique country with an inglorious history. It was at first an offshore prison of the UK and then became its colony, a source of raw materials, overseas market and land of investment. This country was established through uncivilized means, in a process filled with the tears of the aboriginals.”

Are these the signals of a power bent on war? Are these the actions of a surging power, one eager to change the balance of power in the South and East China seas? And how does the United States — the lone power capable of leading a regional military response, should it come to that — react?

Chinese Threaten Japan, Australia Over South China Sea; Time For US FON Ops? « Breaking Defense