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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.

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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

China Warned Japan Against Joining U.S. in South China Sea

“China reportedly warned that Japan would “cross a red line” by sending Self-Defense Forces to join U.S. operations in the South China Sea.”

The Japan Times reported:

According to the sources, Cheng told the high-level official in Tokyo that Japan should not take part in a “joint military action with U.S. forces that is aimed at excluding China in the South China Sea.” He also said China “will not concede on sovereignty issues and is not afraid of military provocations.” The comments were apparently aimed at preventing Tokyo from interfering in the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, where Japan has no direct claims. The official told Cheng that Japan has no plans to join the U.S. operations but strongly criticized China’s construction of outposts in the waters for military purposes.

Tensions between China and Japan have risen recently because of a dispute over claims to islands in the East China Sea. Japan has increasingly seen Chinese Coast Guard and government ships near the islands, which are called the Senkaku Islands in Japan and the Diaoyu Islands in China.

China Warned Japan Against Joining U.S. in South China Sea

Should Japan defy China on this issue? My natural inclination is to say yes. But the US is just so amazing stupid by not preparing for nuclear war against China and Russia that it’s probably pointless for Japan to provoke China.

Personally, I wonder if the Chinese leaders are looking forward to a nuclear war with the US and Japan? As in, just give them an excuse. Apparently, the leaders need extensive psychotherapy because of the historical wrongs committed by the West and Japan. It is better that one billion Chinese die and the historical wrongs corrected than not.

I would like to point out that the Chinese don’t seem to be asking how the West and Japan could take advantage of China? It was because of the behavior of the Chinese that this was allowed to happen. That in fact it was the fault of the Chinese. If the Chinese had had their act together then the West and Japan would have never been allowed to do what they did. In effect, the Chinese should be looking in the mirror when they complain about the historical wrongs.

If China does provoke a nuclear war with America, then the Chinese people will never be trusted ever again. And China will be looking at another nuclear war at a future date as some future power will know that the Chinese cannot be trusted. I’m thinking of an utterly ruthless Islamic power.

Japan plans missile to test Chinese strategy in East China Sea – FT.com

The new missile, say military experts familiar with the plans, is designed to “complicate enemy planning”. By positioning them on Japanese islands in the East China Sea and with a range that stretches to the edge of Japan’s territorial claims, the missiles would discourage naval aggression. If an attacking force were planning a landing on a Japanese island, its commander would need to destroy the missiles beforehand — in effect initiating conflict.

Japan’s move to build the missiles comes as the country strengthens its internal capability to develop military equipment after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ended the country’s self-imposed ban on the export of weapons in 2014. The programme is part of a wider effort to reduce spending on foreign-made weaponry if a domestic alternative can be produced.

Japan plans missile to test Chinese strategy in East China Sea – FT.com

Crouching Tiger Episode 5: Will There Be War Between China and Japan? – YouTube

Welcome to Episode Five in the Crouching Tiger film series about the rise of China’s military. In this episode, we examine the increasingly contentious Sino-Japanese relationship as a possible trigger for war. Would America be dragged into such a conflict? And are the Senkaku Islands simply “rocks in the sea” or really worth fighting for? Get the whole story from top experts in the world.

Crouching Tiger Episode 5: Will There Be War Between China and Japan? – YouTube

This next video is a serious discussion about the possibility of war with Russia. And this war could be coming soon.

NATO WAR WITH RUSSIA 2017 – YouTube

Mainstream news reporting on NATO at war with Russia 2017

NATO WAR WITH RUSSIA 2017 – YouTube

How China is Setting the Stage for War with Japan in the East China Sea | The National Interest

The positive signs that China was moving past the ruling have been overtaken by a number of very disturbing trends which, regardless which path China ultimately takes, puts it on a collision course with Japan, the United States or perhaps a much broader group of states. Unless something dramatic emerges as a result of the secret conclave in Beidaihe, China seems intent on settling scores with those states responsible for its legal embarrassment and loss of face in ASEAN. Japan now seems to be the likely candidate even though it is an East China Sea (ECS) power. Japan warned China’s ambassador twice in the past week that relations between the two countries were “deteriorating markedly.”

… It is entirely possible that China’s leadership does not fully appreciate the dangerous choices their countrymen are making and how their actions are being perceived on the world stage. Recent military encounters in the East China Sea especially are occurring frequently and the potential for a costly misstep increases with each passing day. China’s leaders need to appreciate that they may be setting into motion a Japanese military juggernaut that it cannot stop.

How China is Setting the Stage for War with Japan in the East China Sea | The National Interest

Japan and China Drift Toward Confrontation | The Cipher Brief

TC: China will continue to alarm Japan and other regional neighbors as it increasingly flexes its military muscles in the East China Sea and South China Sea.  China’s moves toward naval power projection, including land reclamation and militarization, not to mention aggressive pursuit of territorial claims even in the face of international tribunal decisions, bode ill for China’s relations with Japan.

Meanwhile, with every year that passes, memories in Japan of the Second World War fade and new generations increasingly question why Japan must act with unique international restraint under its constitution.  Absent a major initiative toward reconciliation by both countries, of which there are few signs, it seems likely that Sino-Japanese relations are drifting increasingly toward confrontation.

Japan and China Drift Toward Confrontation | The Cipher Brief

A China-Japan confrontation could easily start escalating. It’s not hard to see how it could rapidly lead to US intervention and even more escalation on up to nuclear war.

Given the risk that a confrontation could lead to nuclear war, why does China persist? Because the leaders of China already accept the consequences of nuclear war. It’s really very simple: Japan backs down or China will do whatever it takes to defeat it, including launching a nuclear attack on the US.

Do Economic Ties Limit the Prospect of Conflict? [Not for China-Japan] | The Cipher Brief

In conclusion, China’s domestic politics incentivize its leadership to confront Japan over the Senkakus as a way to bolster the Chinese Communist Party’s leadership domestically and drive a wedge between the United States and Japan. While to date, China has been constrained by the strength of the U.S. – Japan alliance, Xi Jinping’s calls to build a military that can fight and win wars suggests that the Chinese leadership will continue to seek ways to overcome their current military inferiority. And unfortunately, the economic ties that bind China and Japan together are no guarantee that conflict won’t occur.  Moreover, the two countries’ economic links are trending downwards, suggesting a potential further erosion of the economic constraints on war. For these reasons, ensuring the continued strengthening and deepening of the U.S.–Japan alliance has emerged as a key pillar of U.S. and Japanese foreign policies in recent years, a trend likely to continue for as long as China seeks to challenge the status quo in the East China Sea.

Do Economic Ties Limit the Prospect of Conflict? | The Cipher Brief

Japan protests over Chinese radar in disputed East China Sea drilling rig | World news | The Guardian

Japan has filed a protest to Beijing after the discovery that China installed radar equipment in a gas exploration platform close to disputed waters in the East China Sea.

Japan fears the radar, a type commonly found on patrol ships and not necessary for gas field development, could be a sign China intends to use gas exploration platforms in the disputed waters as military stations, Japanese media said.

Japan protests over Chinese radar in disputed East China Sea drilling rig | World news | The Guardian