Tuesday, October 8, 2013

SENKAKUS—tense waters / China advancing into Pacific - The Japan News

Chinese military assertiveness has been growing increasingly conspicuous.

On July 25, a P-3C patrol plane of the Maritime Self-Defense Force spotted five Chinese military vessels, including a destroyer, sailing in waters near the Nansei Islands, about 100 kilometers northeast of Miyakojima island, southwest of Okinawa’s main island.

It was later confirmed that the Chinese ships had entered the Pacific Ocean by way of Soya Strait between Hokkaido and Sakhalin Island after conducting joint live-ammunition firing exercises with the Russian Navy in the Sea of Japan off Vladivostok.

That meant the Chinese military vessels had, for the first time ever, circumnavigated the Japanese archipelago.

A day before the passage through Soya Strait, a Chinese early warning plane, Y8, had flown in the airspace between Okinawa’s main island and Miyakojima island.

It was also the first time that a Chinese military plane had crossed over China’s self-designated “First Island Chain” to intrude into Japan’s airspace over the Pacific.

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Comment: This is China doing a little prick waving and in essence saying to Japan, "We own you!" It's a warning of sorts, you know, as that old Klingon proverb says, "Revenge is a dis best served cold!" Is there a little "payback" for Nanking maybe in Japan's future? Only time will really tell...

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