Wednesday, September 11, 2013

China Flies Bombers and Drone Near Japanese Skies | Flashpoints | The Diplomat


The Japanese Self-Defense Forces were on a high state of alert on September 9 ahead of the first anniversary of Japan’s controversial purchase of islets in the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu archipelago, particularly after a pair of Chinese bombers flew near Okinawa the previous day.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has ordered military personnel to strengthen their surveillance around the Senkakus, which are also claimed by China and Taiwan. A source in the Japanese government indicated that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Chinese maritime enforcement could take “outstanding” action in the area on September 11, the first anniversary of the purchase.

The “nationalization” of three of the five islets comprising the Senkakus in 2012 sparked large-scale protests across China, which also claims ownership of the oil- and natural-gas-rich area. Beijing retaliated against Japan’s attempted nationalization of the islets by increasing the frequency of naval patrols in the area, raising fears of accidental clashes and escalation.

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Comment: Everyone's worried about Syria! Given the level of incompetence to be found in DC these days and at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in particular, one could be forgiven for thinking WWIII will start there. But what about China's stated aims at stealing the Senkaku islands, which legally belong to and are administered by Okinawa, from Japan. What about their further claims on the Ryukyu's? With all that military hardware moving around here lately, it makes you wonder if folks are looking in the right place???

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