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  • In Other News, China Warns War Is Inevitable

    05/28/2015 9:37:26 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 28, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The power vacuum created by the Obama administration’s withdrawal from world leadership and resistance to tyranny is not only being filled by the Islamic State and its terrorist affiliates like Boko Haram and state sponsors of terror like soon-to-be nuclear Iran but also by an increasingly belligerent and resurgent China. China’s State Council, the Communist giant’s version of our cabinet, has issued a policy paper declaring that Beijing is facing “a grave and complex array of security threats” that forces it to switch its strategy from defense to offense and that as a result China will increase its “open seas...
  • China Base On Nanji Island Threatens Japan's Senkakus

    01/29/2015 9:54:53 AM PST · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 29, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: War clouds gather in the East China Sea as China, in one of a series of territorial claims against its neighbors, builds a helicopter base within attack range of Japan's Senkaku Islands, which Beijing claims as its own. When President Obama traveled to China last November, we don't suppose that he discussed with his Chinese counterparts their military buildup in the East and South China Seas and their ambitious territorial claims on island chains such as the Spratly, Paracel and Senkaku. As Bill Gertz reports in the Washington Free Beacon, commercial satellites observed construction of a Chinese military helicopter...
  • Japan Record Defense Budget Aims At Curbing China Threat

    01/16/2015 10:02:47 AM PST · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 16, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Military Spending: In the face of an expansionist China seeking to dominate the East and South China Seas, Tokyo has set its largest defense budget ever to help defend islands that it rightfully considers Japanese territory. As its military, economy and ambitions grow, so too does China's assertiveness about control of the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and the larger South China Sea. Chinese military doctrine refers to establishing dominance over what it calls the "first island chain," which encompasses the East China Sea. Beijing has long declared the South China Sea to be its territorial waters and has...
  • Obama says Japan's disputed islands with China is within scope of U.S.-Japan security treaty

    04/23/2014 7:45:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/23/2014
    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said that islands at the center of a territorial dispute between Japan and China fall within the scope of the U.S.-Japan security treaty, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily said on Wednesday. Obama, who arrives in Japan later on Wednesday on the first step of a four-nation Asian visit, made the remarks in written replies to questions.
  • Japan expands army footprint for first time in 40 years, risks angering China

    04/19/2014 10:24:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 19, 2014 | BY NOBUHIRO KUBO
    Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan. The move risks angering China, locked in a dispute with Japan over nearby islands which they both claim. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, who attended a ceremony on Yonaguni island to mark the start of construction, suggested the military presence could be enlarged to other islands in the seas southwest of Japan's main islands. "This is the first deployment since the U.S. returned Okinawa (1972) and calls...
  • Obama pledges Japan islands support as Asian tour begins [If you like your islands, keep them...]

    04/23/2014 1:54:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/23/14
    US President Barack Obama has assured Japan that islands at the centre of its territorial dispute with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty. In an interview ahead of his Asian tour, Mr Obama said the US would oppose any attempt to undermine Japan's control over the islands.
  • A Show of Contempt, at Home and Abroad ... Mark Steyn

    04/20/2014 2:36:00 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 13 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Happy Easter, Happy Passover. On this Good Friday, we mark the tenth anniversary of Mel's movie, and over the weekend we'll have something with a lighter touch. Caroline Glick, my old colleague from The Jerusalem Post, has a column using a very Steynian word, "The Disappearance of America's Will": The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US's indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America's most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades.
  • Hagel: US strongly committed to protecting Japan

    04/05/2014 2:53:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 5, 2014 4:19 AM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    Against the backdrop of Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean region, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday a key message he will deliver to leaders in Tokyo this weekend is that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting Japan’s security. Hagel said it is understandable for nations to be concerned as they watch the events unfold in Ukraine, where Russian troops are still massed along the border. The issue reverberates in Asia where China, Japan and other nations are locked in bitter territorial disputes, including over disputed islands in the East China Sea. …
  • Staying Out of Other People's Wars

    02/08/2014 11:41:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | February 8, 2014 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    "If these negotiations [with Iran] fail, there are two grim alternatives," said Sen. Richard Durbin, "a nuclear Iran, or war, or perhaps both." Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham returned from the Munich security conference saying that even John Kerry agrees that President Obama's Syrian policy has failed. They are urging another look at air strikes. North Korea is warning that should the annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises go forward in March, it could mean war, possibly nuclear war. Philippines President Benigno Aquino III this week compared his country's situation to Czechoslovakia in 1938, and the disputed islets off his...
  • Chinese ships sail through disputed waters: Japan Coast Guard

    02/01/2014 8:46:24 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 11 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | Feb 1, 2014
    Enlarge Caption TOKYO: Chinese ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands on Sunday as diplomatic tension between Tokyo and Beijing intensifies. Three Chinese coastguard vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters off one of the Senkakus, which China claims and calls the Diaoyus, at about 10:00am (0100 GMT), Japan's coastguard said. It came days after a diplomatic battle over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a contested war shrine reached the UN Security Council, with China and Japan accusing each other of threatening stability.
  • Obama Throws Japan Under The Bus And Bows To China

    12/03/2013 8:27:48 AM PST · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 3, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    National Security: As the media praised the president for sending two B-52s through disputed air space claimed by China, the administration instructed U.S. airlines to get approval as demanded from the Chinese government. After China declared an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea encompassing the Japanese Senkaku Islands, two U.S. B-52s flew through the claimed air space without informing Beijing. It was an appropriate response. Not so appropriate, however, was the Obama administration's instructions to U.S. carriers that they accede to China's demands for prior notification. China announced last week that all aircraft entering the zone...
  • F-16s To Egypt, But Not To Taiwan?

    02/07/2013 4:17:40 PM PST · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 7, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Unlike the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which faces no existential threat, our Asian ally faces an increasingly belligerent and well-armed China. Yet only one gets the latest weaponry and the question is why. On Jan. 30, a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer in the East China Sea near the disputed Senkaku Islands just north of Taiwan was "painted" by fire control-radar from two People's Liberation Army warships, believed to be the Chinese frigates Linyungang and Wenzhou. This was just the latest provocation by a China flexing its deep water naval muscle as it asserts itself in the East and South...
  • China's First Carrier Pointed At Japan Over Senkakus

    09/30/2012 8:25:20 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    True Conservatives On Twitter | September 30, 2012
    Far East: Wars have started over less weighty issues than the sovereignty of islands in the East China Sea called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. They are barely rocks above water, but they sit atop valuable resources and are rapidly becoming a flash point as a rising power confronts one whose sun has set. These islands have become involved in a three-way tug of war between China, Taiwan and Japan with each sending fishing boats, even armed vessels, to the area. Private boats from Japan recently journeyed to the Senkakus to plant the Japanese flag one more time....
  • China Rushes To Fill America's Military Vacuum

    03/07/2012 2:11:00 PM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 7, 2012 | IBD staff
    Defense: Beijing announces another double-digit jump in military spending as the U.S. disarms and sacrifices its defense budget on the altar of entitlement spending. We have many duties; the Chinese have but one target. China announced this week that its military budget this year would rise 11.2% on top of a 12.7% increase last year. This does not bode well as the U.S. defense budget and force levels decline as a result of cuts mandated by our failure to come to grips with runaway spending. As China ramps up military spending, President Obama's budget contains $487 billion in cuts that,...
  • China's Navy Sets Sail

    08/11/2011 4:33:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 11, 2011 | Staff
    Defense: China's first flattop begins its sea trials, setting the stage for a fleet that eventually will challenge the U.S. and back up its claims to territory that would make the South China Sea a virtual Chinese lake. Very soon a jet fighter will lift off the deck of a carrier in the Western Pacific. For the very first time its pilot will be Chinese. China sent its first aircraft carrier, the refurbished ex-Soviet Varyag, to sea on Wednesday, virtually unnoticed among the news about the stock market, our credit rating and the debt ceiling debate. It is not yet...
  • China Deploys Carrier Killer Missile Near Taiwan

    04/23/2013 6:14:32 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 23, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Asian Security: As Korea festers, our friends in Beijing have deployed near Taiwan a powerful missile designed to take out U.S. aircraft carriers as Beijing strengthens its ability to prevent U.S. forces from aiding Taiwan. When North Korea announced the 1953 Armistice was considered null and void and threatened renewed missile tests, the U.S. rushed naval assets to the region, including two destroyers equipped with the Aegis anti-missile defense system. We presumably would do so if things heated up between Beijing and its claimed "lost province," Taiwan. That option became increasingly problematical when news of China's deployment of an anti-ship...
  • China Imposes No-Fly Zone Over Japanese Islands

    11/25/2013 5:03:46 PM PST · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 25, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Maritime Grab: Iran isn't the only nuclear threat to worry about. As its military and economy have grown, so too have China's dreams of dominating an island chain centered on Taiwan and including Japan's Senkakus. China's increased belligerence in the region is part of its plan to control the Yellow Sea, the South China Sea and the larger East China Sea. Its military doctrine refers to dominance over the "first island chain," which encompasses the East China Sea. The next step is dominance over what Beijing calls the second island chain extending from Japan to Indonesia. Some analysts have even...
  • Japan Answers China’s Warnings Over Islands’ Airspace

    11/25/2013 8:54:46 AM PST · by mojito · 51 replies
    NYT ^ | 11/25/2013 | Martin Fackler
    TOKYO — Matching China’s stern rhetoric with warnings of his own, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan vowed on Monday to defend his nation’s airspace after China declared an air defense zone over a disputed group of islands in the East China Sea. Speaking in Parliament, Mr. Abe called China’s move an unacceptable effort to change the status quo with threats of force. He described it as a dangerous ratcheting up of tensions in the standoff over the uninhabited islands, which are administered by Japan but also claimed by China. “We are determined to defend our country’s air and sea...
  • US criticizes new China zone, vows to defend Japan

    11/24/2013 1:51:15 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/23/2013 | Yahoo News
    Geneva (AFP) - The United States said Saturday it was "deeply concerned" and committed to defending Japan after China announced an air zone in the East China Sea that includes disputed islands. In a move that US ally Japan branded as "very dangerous," China said it was setting up the "air defense identification zone" over the islands administered by Tokyo to "guard against potential air threats." (snip) Hagel reiterated that the Japanese-administered Senkaku islands -- which the Chinese claim and call the Diaoyu -- fell under the US-Japan security treaty, meaning that Washington would defend its ally Tokyo if the...
  • John McCain to Tokyo & Beijing on the Senkaku/Diaoyu Island Dispute

    08/26/2013 9:18:47 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 25 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | August 26, 2013 | Jeff Head
    John McCain was in Tokyo speaking on he Senkaku Island (Japanese name) dispute with China, Wednesday, August 21, 2013. He said: “The Congress in the United States resolution last year said the Senkaku is a Japanese territory. That is our position as a congress and as a government. I will continue to repeat that when I go to China.“ John McCain, Wednesday, August 23, 2013 in Tokyo Two days later, John McCain was in Beijing speaking to the Chinese on the Diaoyu Island (Chinese name) dispute with Japan, Friday, August 23, 2013, two days later. He said: "The U.S. has...
  • Chinese vessels begin circling Senkakus again

    02/10/2013 11:53:12 AM PST · by traumer · 17 replies
    NAHA, OKINAWA PREF. – Chinese surveillance ships were spotted near the Senkaku Islands on Sunday, the coast guard reported, showing that China isn’t backing down from Japan’s allegations of radar-lock provocations in the East China Sea. Four Chinese surveillance vessels entered the contiguous zone adjacent to Japan’s territorial waters around the Senkakus from around 7 a.m., said the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture. Their return to the Senkakus came just after Onodera said Chinese movements around the islet chain had “calmed” in the wake of Tuesday’s announcement. On Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said that a Chinese...
  • Japan envoy says territory dispute with China can be resolved

    01/24/2013 9:26:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    Reuters India ^ | Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:41am IST | Terril Yue Jones
    A Japanese envoy to Beijing said on Friday that he believed tensions with China over a group of uninhabited islands could be resolved, after meeting China’s president-in-waiting Xi Jinping. … Tensions over the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, have flared in recent months, dragging down bilateral ties. …
  • Japanese Coast Guard to bolster patrols around Senkaku Islands

    01/12/2013 10:02:55 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | January 11, 2013 | Ryuji Kudo
    The Japan Coast Guard is planning to create a fleet of 12 cutters to patrol the waters around the Senkaku Islands in response to the constant presence there of ships affiliated with the Chinese government. A special team of about 400 coast guard officers will be assigned to the Senkaku patrols. Because the necessary number of officers cannot be secured through new enlistment alone, the coast guard is considering a plan to extend the retirement age for officers. To create the fleet of 12 cutters, sources said the government will include a request in the supplementary budget to be submitted...
  • Rock Fight: Japan could win a war for the Senkaku islands, but not without U.S. help.

    09/29/2012 6:31:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 09/29/2012 | James Holmes
    In recent weeks, Japan and China have squared off over who owns a minor group of islands in the East China Sea. The unthinkable -- a perilous maritime war for seemingly trivial stakes -- no longer appears unthinkable. So how do you defend a group of uninhabited rocks and islets like the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands? Mainly by positioning yourself to win the air and sea battle around the disputed archipelago. The obvious way to ward off attack -- stationing garrisons and artillery on the tiny, resource-poor islands -- should be a secondary measure. And it would likely prove a losing one,...
  • In dispute over islands, Japan trades water-cannon fire with Taiwan as meets with China

    09/25/2012 7:44:39 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | September 25, 2012 | AP
    <p>Japanese and Taiwanese ships shot water cannon at each other Tuesday in the latest confrontation over tiny islands in the East China Sea, as Japan met with another rival, China, in an effort to tamp down tensions.</p> <p>About 40 Taiwanese fishing boats and 12 patrol boats entered waters near the islands on Tuesday morning, briefly triggering an exchange of water cannon fire with Japanese coast guard ships. Coast guard officials said the Taiwanese vessels had ignored warnings to get out of their territory, and the Taiwanese ships pulled back after being fired upon.</p>
  • China to establish permanent Senkaku patrols

    12/20/2010 4:19:50 AM PST · by FromLori · 1 replies
    asahi ^ | 12/20/2010 | KENJI MINEMURA
    China will permanently deploy large fisheries patrol vessels in waters near the disputed Senkaku Islands, a senior Chinese official told The Asahi Shimbun. The official with the Ministry of Agriculture's Bureau of Fisheries took the unusual step of granting an interview concerning the Senkaku issue to a foreign media outlet on Saturday, saying that China was planning measures to challenge Japan's control of the islands off Okinawa Prefecture. The official said fisheries patrol vessels of more than 1,000 tons would maintain continuous patrols near the islands, which are known as the Diaoyu Islands in China. "It is a legitimate right...
  • Testing An Alliance

    11/15/2010 6:10:21 AM PST · by raptor22 · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 15, 2010 | IBD staff
    Obligations: A seemingly minor collision off an obscure Pacific island chain may mean nothing. Then again, it may be about China seeing just how serious we are about our treaty commitments to Japan. It would be easy to dismiss the recent collision of a Chinese fishing boat with two Japanese Coast Guard vessels as a minor altercation between two former adversaries with a contentious and often bloody history. Easy, that is, if it weren't a continuation of incidents testing Western reaction and will.
  • Red China: Wen threatens Japan over captain

    09/22/2010 12:11:02 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/22/2010
    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao threatened more retaliation against Japan unless it releases a trawler captain whom Tokyo accuses of deliberately colliding with a Japanese coastguard ship near disputed islands. In the first comments by a senior Chinese leader on the issue, he told a meeting of overseas Chinese and Chinese Americans in New York on Tuesday that the skipper must be set free unconditionally. “The Japanese side has paid no heed to China’s numerous serious representations, and so China cannot but take necessary countermeasures,” he said, in comments carried on the foreign ministry’s website. “If Japan acts wilfully despite advice...
  • About those [Senkaku] Islands (Virginia Senate Race)

    10/11/2006 4:38:22 PM PDT · by freespirited · 7 replies · 802+ views
    Q and O ^ | 10/11/06 | Jon Henke
    In debates during the Virginia Senate campaign, each candidate has asked the other a question about an island in order to test his knowledge of issues. Senator Allen asked Jim Webb his position on the Craney Island project — a very important one which "could generate 54,000 jobs and pump an additional $1.7 billion into the [Virginia] economy" — and Jim Webb was forced to say he didn't know about it, or, indeed, even where Craney Island was located. In Monday's debate, Jim Webb tried to turn the table on Senator Allen, asking him his position was on some tiny...
  • The Asian giants compete for energy

    03/04/2005 10:08:03 AM PST · by Bald Eagle777 · 7 replies · 529+ views
    Financial Times (FT.com) ^ | March 3, 2005 | Victor Mallet
    China National Offshore Oil Corporation is considering a nearly $14bn (£7bn, €10.6bn) takeover of Unocal of the US. Sinopec, another Chinese state-controlled oil group, has struck a $70bn deal to buy Iranian crude oil and liquefied natural gas over three decades. China has sent $6bn to Rosneft, the Russian company that bought the main production unit of the embattled Yukos oil group, as advance payment for oil supplies. India has just reached a $40bn agreement to import LNG from Iran and develop Iranian oilfields, and is promoting pipeline projects to bring oil and gas across neighbouring countries to supply its...
  • Japan-China tensions rise over tiny islands

    03/03/2005 3:24:13 PM PST · by Bald Eagle777 · 6 replies · 527+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 11, 2005 | Robert Marquand
    TOKYO - In a sign of deepening popular and political animosity between China and Japan, Tokyo took formal possession this week of a tiny archipelago in the Pacific waters south of Japan. In the early morning of Feb. 9, Tokyo informed Beijing's embassy here that the Senkaku Islands would be administered by the Japanese coast guard. The unexpectedly bold action by Tokyo received little attention here. But it is seen as a "serious chess move," says one diplomat, in a region where power relations are being redefined, and where tensions over energy, borders, military buildups, and ethnic rivalries are palpable....