BEIJING — Judging by some of the commentary in the Chinese media, an outside observer might think war with Japan is imminent. “The Chinese military could win a war over the Diaoyu Islands in half an hour,” Major General Zhang Zhaozhong, a Chinese military scholar, was quoted as saying last week.
Japan’s coast guard on Monday cited three Chinese vessels in waters near the islands. In response to warnings to leave the area, the Chinese ships broadcast messages over loudspeakers in Japanese and Chinese stating, “This is historically Chinese territory.” It is the latest in a series of bellicose exchanges that some observers fear could lead to a clash.
China warning not to side with US
A CHINESE military officer has warned Australia not to side with the United States and Japan if war breaks out in the East China Sea.
Colonel Liu’s warning raises the nightmare possibility of Australia having to choose between its dominant economic and security partners as a territorial contest between Japan and China over the Senkaku or Diaoyu Islands continues to escalate.
China, Japan and Japan’s defence ally, the United States, have traded military and diplomatic warnings over the disputed islands, while China has placed the People’s Liberation Army on combat alert.
China Warns Australia to Choose “Godfather” – China or U.S.
China colonel raises nuclear spectre
January 23, 2013
A CHINESE military officer has raised the spectre of nuclear weapons and warned Australia not to side with the United States and Japan as a territorial dispute in the East China Sea continues to escalate.
Senior Colonel Liu Mingfu, of the National Defence University, blamed America’s ”orchestration” and Japan’s ”militarism” for rising tensions over disputed islands known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.
Japanese envoy in Beijing to talk about disputed islands
Beijing: China welcomed a Japanese envoy Tuesday for talks as both sides took steps to cool tensions over an island dispute that has raised fears of an armed confrontation.
Yamaguchi, whose schedule has not been announced, is not a member of the government so his meetings in Beijing represent a type of quiet diplomacy that could allow for a franker exchange of views than official talks
Tensions Escalate: Japanese politician calls for disputed islands no-fly zone
Japanese politician calls for disputed islands no-fly zone
Japan warns China over ‘airspace violations’
3 China ships in disputed island waters: Japan
January 22, 2013
TOKYO: Three Chinese government ships entered waters around islands at the centre of a dispute with Tokyo on Monday, the day after China rebuked the United States for comments seen as supporting Japan.
Japan’s coastguard said the maritime surveillance boats were sailing in and out of waters around a chain of Tokyo-controlled islands known as the Senkakus in Japan, which Beijing calls the Diaoyus, for nearly nine hours.
The three boats all left the waters by 3:45pm and were sailing away from the islands, the coastguard said.
It has become a game. We will first take the bait!
China ships in disputed waters: Japan
China will attack soon.
Maritime surveillance covers all of japan.
One of the things that I’ve been really focusing on in the past few months is the recent dramatic expansion of China’s civilian maritime force. Much of this is caused by the border disputes with Japan, Vietnam and Phillipines. I think another part of this is the Chinese government supporting its domestic shipbuilding industry during the recent downturn in the global shipbuilding market. Before we start, here is a refresher course on what each of the agencies are about.
First, let us focusing on the expansion of CMS (Chinese Maritime Surveillance), which is beneficiary of the majority of the new cutters. From 2008 to 2011, CMS received 11 new large cutters with one of 3000+ ton class (Haijian-50), two of 1500+ ton class (84, 15) and 4 of 1000+ ton class (75?23?66?26). After that, we received the news 36 new cutters of 600 to 1500 ton for provincial CMS. Table below shows which provinces are getting them and where the cutters are built at and for how much.
5 New Reasons China And Japan May Go To War Over Disputed Islands
The back-and-forth between China, Japan, and the U.S. over disputed islands in the East China Sea this week continued ratcheting up, exposing policies that could prevent any diplomatic solution.
China’s new map:
Less than a week after Thanksgiving in the U.S. last year, China released its new “nine dash map” passport that made clear its South and East China Sea ambitions. Brushing off controversy at the time, China outraged many neighboring nations, particularly Vietnam and the Philippines whose territory the map annexed. Both countries refused to stamp the document, using a separate sheet of paper slipped into the book instead.
BEIJING: 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 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.
Both China and Japan have scaled up military operations after the escalation of the dispute over theislands called Diaoyu by China and Senkakus by Japan.
China, Japan, And The US – Tying It All Together
As Japan and China increase naval and air activity around the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea, the United States is steadily increasing its active involvement to reassure Tokyo and send a warning to Beijing.
But Beijing may seek an opportunity to challenge U.S. primacy in what China considers its territorial waters.