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A Red Flag for China on Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands after Trump’s move on Jerusalem


On Dec 6, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States formally recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. A quick look at history tells us that after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Israel took control over West Jerusalem (Britain’s Partition Plan failed completely) whereas the eastern part remained inside Jordan according to the 1949 … Continue reading

Japan signs off biggest ever defence budget as tensions rise with China over Senkaku Islands


Tokyo approves 5.05tn yen on defence spending to counter growing Chinese influence in the region. Japan has approved its biggest ever defence budget, as it attempts to counter an increasingly assertive China and push through an unpopular move to relocate a US military base on Okinawa. The cabinet on Thursday approved plans to spend 5.05tn … Continue reading

China’s new weapons showcased in September 3 parade, which China says are capable of attacking Japan and Taiwan


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: China’s Huanqiu.com website carries a report on an article on the website of Britain’s Jane’s Defence Review published on September 9 on China’s new weapons systems titled “China showcases new weapon systems at 3 September parade” Jane’s describes almost all … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, June 15, 2015


Tension and thought. China plans to dispatch drones to watch disputed islands in the Pacific. The US is set to introduce a new war ship. Oliver Stone says viewing China’s activity as dangerous is dangerous. A co-founder of Qunar (Chinese travel agency giant) says it’s never been a better time to start a company in … Continue reading

U.S. proposes military challenge to China over South China Sea claims


The U.S. military is considering using aircraft and Navy ships to directly contest Chinese territorial claims to a chain of rapidly expanding artificial islands, U.S. officials said, in a move that would raise the stakes in a regional showdown over who controls disputed waters in the South China Sea. Defence Secretary Ash Carter has asked … Continue reading

China changes its strategy towards Japan: unrelenting pressure has produced far greater costs than benefits for China


Over the past several months a gradual but significant shift has taken place in China’s policy toward Japan. The change is a result of Beijing’s recognition that its unrelenting pressure on Tokyo since the Japanese Government purchased several of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands from a private owner in September 2012 has produced far greater costs than … Continue reading

Japanese fighter jets have to scramble daily to ward off Chinese incursions


Fighter pilot Jun Fukuda sits edgily on the couch in his flight suit, waiting for the call that sends him sprinting to his jet. On any given day, he will chase and warn off Chinese military planes nearing Japanese airspace. The 35-year-old motorbike enthusiast and soon-to-be father is a captain in the fighter squadron based … Continue reading

Confirmed: China is building a military base near Japan


New satellite images have largely confirmed earlier reports that China is building a military base near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands that Japan also claims and administers. Last week IHS Jane’s reported that satellite images from October 2014 show that China is building a heliport with 10 landing pads and wind turbines on Nanji Island, which is … Continue reading

China prepares for war


The following are the views of the original author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail: Apart from their frantic dredging and island-building in the South China Sea, China is now also building an air and naval base in the Nanji Islands (27° 27’ N, 121° 04’ E) which is the closest part of … Continue reading

China’s leader is telling the People’s Liberation Army to prepare for war


Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s recent statements have been alarming China’s neighbours. What’s behind them? Over the last several months, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party have repeatedly exhorted the People’s Liberation Army to “be ready to win a war.” Xi has repeatedly called for greater military modernisation, increased training, and enhanced overall … Continue reading

Here’s China’s latest tactic in its attempts at taking a disputed island chain from Japan


China has seemingly shifted gears in a bid to bring the disputed Senkaku Islands under its control, Hiroyuki Akita reports for the Nikkei Asian Review. The Senkaku Islands are an uninhabited island chain administered by Japan in the East China Sea. Despite the islands’ lack of a human population, it is believed that vast undersea … Continue reading

Japan caves to China on Senkaku Island dispute


In order to secure a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe agreed to a significant concession in Tokyo’s ongoing dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands, according to Japanese media outlets. As Shannon noted earlier today on China Power, Japanese officials now expect there to be a brief meeting between Chinese … Continue reading

China’s neighbours are going on a military shopping spree – in Japan


It’s no secret that China’s rise as an economic power has been miraculous. Over the past few decades, hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty, BMWs have replaced many bicycles on the streets of Beijing, and China’s is now the second-largest economy in the world. This economic explosion has in turn boosted … Continue reading

Japanese people hate China more than ever


People in Japan overwhelmingly have a poor opinion of China and vice versa, according to new polls, although Chinese views of Japan have become slightly less chilly. The percentage of Japanese respondents who said they had a negative impression of China increased to 93% from 90% a year earlier, according to a poll by Genron NPO, … Continue reading

China sends warships to escort oil rig to waters claimed by Japan near Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands


The following is a translation from Chinese media: China’s qianzhan.com says in its report today that China’s Kaixuan-1 oil rig is on its way to the area near the disputed Diaoyu Islands (known as Senkakus in Japan), accompanied by quite a few Chinese warships. Chinese people are excited at the news. They are happy that … Continue reading

China denounces Japan’s protest over military jets close brush


China said on Thursday that Japan‘s accusations of Chinese fighter jets flying “abnormally close” to Japanese military aircraft over the East China Sea were aimed at deceiving the international community. Japan protested after Chinese warplanes flew “abnormally close” to Japanese military aircraft over the East China Sea on Wednesday. China’s Defence Ministry said Japan’s repeated … Continue reading

Japan aims to rearrange region’s power balance by confronting China; hopes to offer military aid to Vietnam


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid out an assertive foreign policy agenda, saying he hoped to accelerate maritime aid to Vietnam amid its territorial standoff with China and host Vladimir Putin this year despite the Russian president’s isolation from the West. Beijing‘s “unilateral drilling activities” for oil in waters claimed also by Hanoi have led … Continue reading

Japan to establish military bases near disputed islands in response to China aggression


Tokyo has reportedly made plans to create new military outposts on remote islands close to disputed territories in an apparent move to bolster Japan’s defence capabilities amid its ongoing territorial rows with China. Some 350 Ground Self-Defence Forces could be stationed on the three islands near the disputed islands, known as Diaoyu in China and … Continue reading

Armed Chinese fighter jets approach within metres of Japanese planes over East China Sea


Chinese fighter jets flew within a few dozen meters of Japanese military planes over the East China Sea, Japanese officials said on Sunday, prompting the defence minister to accuse Beijing of going “over the top” in its approach to disputed territory. Chinese SU-27 fighters came as close as 50 meters (170 feet) to a Japanese … Continue reading

China’s isolation: Beijing has no friends


China has become a global power with extensive outreach to all continents. But it has never been so isolated. Beijing, perhaps blindsided by its military buildup and a perceived decline in U.S. military capabilities, has revived fear and loathing among several of its 14 bordering neighbours, as well as a host of offshore countries. China … Continue reading

Why Japan’s smaller military could hold its own against China


China’s soaring military spending — up 12.3% this year – and aggressive gestures in the region could be setting the scene for major conflict. With various countries feuding over Pacific territory, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe compared the ratcheting tensions toEurope before World War I. China’s $US188 billion military budget far surpasses the $US49 billion … Continue reading

Chinese admiral to snub Japan at regional meeting because Japan “hurt the feelings of the Chinese people”


The commander of the Chinese navy will refuse to meet Japanese military officials one-on-one at a regional naval symposium in China this week, a navy spokesman was quoted as saying on Sunday, citing what he called hurtful actions by Japanese leaders. The decision to snub Japanese officials attending the Western Pacific Naval Symposium in Qingdao … Continue reading

Japan to build military station on remote western island, closer to China than Japan’s main islands


Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia’s biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera will break ground on Saturday for a military lookout station … Continue reading

Japanese investment in Southeast Asia surged last year to almost three times amount invested in China


Japanese companies‘ investments in Southeast Asia surged last year to almost three times the amount invested in China, after relations between Beijing and Tokyo soured in 2012 and Chinese labor costs rose, a government agency of Japan said on Friday. Japanese companies invested 2.33 trillion yen ($22.8 billion) in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines … Continue reading

Obama looks to salvage Asia ‘pivot’ as allies fret about China


When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter. The flyover was a vivid illustration of the expanding significance of one of Asia’s most strategic regions and underscored a message that senior U.S. officials … Continue reading

US tells ‘great power’ China to respect its neighbours; intimidation will not be tolerated


U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, on the eve of a trip to China, called on Beijing to use its “great power” responsibly and said he would urge its leaders to respect neighbors increasingly anxious over its posture in territorial disputes. “Great powers have great responsibilities. And China is a great power,” Hagel said, adding he … Continue reading

China’s media says deployment of troops for war with Japan is now complete; waiting for opportune time to attack


The following is a translation from Chinese media: China has completed military deployment for its war with Japan. All its deployments of troops for the war have been carried out in the name of military drills to fool the enemy. China is now waiting for the opportune timing for the war. It begun to register its … Continue reading

China gives order to commence war with Japan ‘if it is appropriate to fight’


The following is a translation from Chinese media: Quite a few people have said that the conflict over the Diaoyus (known as Senkakus in Japan) has passed the stage of oral confrontation and what follows may very probably be direct military conflict. It is especially so as, relying on US support, Japan is obviously declaring … Continue reading

Chinese media claims: Japan has plans to force down Chinese jets; Chinese jets chase away Japanese jets


The following are translations from Chinese media. First, China claims Japan is planning to force down Chinese jets Chinese media says that, according to Sankei Shimbun’s report on January 29, the Japanese Air Self-defence Force announced on January 28 plans to deal with the frequent intrusion into Japan’s Air Defence Identification Zone and coming close … Continue reading

China needs to build trust, not tensions, says Japan’s PM


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said China’s continued economic growth will require building trust, not tensions, with other countries, according to an interview broadcast on Sunday. A steady Chinese military buildup over the last 20 years is a serious concern for countries in the region, Abe said in a CNN interview from Davos, Switzerland, where … Continue reading

China steps up appeal to West in Japan propaganda battle


Reuters says in its report today that China is stepping up its propaganda against Japan in the West. The following is the full text of its report: China took reporters on Thursday on an unusual trip to a camp which housed Western prisoners of the Japanese in World War Two, a further sign of Beijing … Continue reading

China takes propaganda war with Japan to United Nations


China took its propaganda war with Japan to the United Nations on Wednesday, questioning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s motives for visiting a controversial war shrine and calling on him to correct his “erroneous outlook” on history. Abe’s December 26 visit to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, where Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals are enshrined along … Continue reading

U.S. – China Security Perceptions Survey; a prelude to the Great War of 2014?


This is a mistake since internal public opinion can vector the range of options available to government and national elites in reaction to incidents such as the recent close encounter between the USS Cowpens and the escorts of China’s carrier Liaoning in international waters. Continue reading

China’s hypocrisy, shamelessness and paranoia


The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. I refer to the report of AFP, “China slams Japan defence spending plan”, December 22. According to the said article: “China has denounced Japan’s plans to boost military purchases, accusing it of playing up regional tensions … Continue reading

Beijing’s aggression accelerates relocation of foreign industry out of China


China sees itself as assertive, but the rest of the world sees it as aggressive. With the risk of war so high, many multinationals, especially from Japan, are speeding up relocation of industry out of China. The debate continues on the motivations and risks of China’s decision on November 23 to announce an East China … Continue reading

China plans “Death Star” moon base to launch nuclear weapons


A report appearing in the pro-regime China Times brags that China’s launch of the Long March-3B rocket earlier this week is part of a long term plan to turn the moon into a Star Wars-style “death star” from which the PLA could launch missiles against any target on Earth. It all sounds like something straight … Continue reading

US defies China by flying over East China Sea without notification


Two unarmed U.S. B-52 bombers on a training mission flew over disputed islands in the East China Sea without informing Beijing, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday, defying China’s declaration of a new airspace defence zone in the region. The flight on Monday night did not prompt a response from China, and the White House on … Continue reading

China advises nationals living in Japan to register with embassy in Tokyo


The establishment of the East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone may be just a gesture to claim the Diaoyus (called Senkakus by Japan). However, sending fighter jets to patrol the Zone, stating “China’s armed forces will adopt defensive emergency measures to respond to aircraft that do not cooperate in the identification or refuse to … Continue reading

China: Why are Japan and America so concerned about this map?


China’s Ministry of National Defense issued this map establishing the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone. The ministry claims that the zone is “not directed against any specific country or target,” which is a bit hard to buy given that it overlaps significantly with Japan’s air defense zone in the region: it includes the disputed islands known as the Diaoyu … Continue reading

China bolsters East China Sea claim, warns of ‘defensive measures’


China on Saturday bolstered its claim to islands that Japan says it owns, warning that it would take “defensive emergency measures” against aircraft that failed to identify themselves properly in airspace over them. Ties between the Asian powers have been strained for months by the dispute over the islands in the East China Sea, called … Continue reading

Japan targets China as islands dispute threatens to boil over


The simmering conflict between Japan and China over three islands in the East China Sea has just gotten significantly closer to an open conflict. Japan’s nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has just given orders to shoot down any aircraft, including Chinese surveillance drones, flying over “Japanese airspace” that refuses to leave. As Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party was … Continue reading

Japan to be more assertive against China


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in an interview published on Saturday, said Japan was ready to be more assertive in guarding against what he said might be an attempt by China to use force to attain its diplomatic goals. But a top retired Chinese diplomat said any move by Tokyo to contain China could amount to … Continue reading

China’s military warns U.S. not to support Japan


China‘s military told the United States this week not to support Japan, nor let it do as it pleased, over a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea, the Chinese Defence Ministry said on Friday. Ties between the world’s second- and third-biggest economies have been strained over the uninhabited islands, controlled by Japan … Continue reading

China warns Japan against stationing workers on disputed isles


China said it would not tolerate provocation after Japan’s top government spokesman said on Tuesday Japan might station government workers on disputed islands in the East China Sea to defend its sovereignty. Relations between the world’s second- and third-biggest economies have been strained over the uninhabited isles which Japan controls but both countries claim. The isles are known … Continue reading

China tired of Japan’s “empty talk” and refuses leaders’ meeting to discuss disputed islands


Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been calling for more dialogue with Beijing since he came to office in December 2012, the same month a Chinese government plane violated Japan’s airspace over the Senkaku and Diaoyu islands. China had been sending government ships in and out of what Japan calls its territorial waters since the … Continue reading

Chinese hatred of Japan; real or government-created?


“On this day in 1945, Japan announced unconditional surrender.” The official account of China Central Television posted this information on Weibo, one of China’s largest social media platforms, and it quickly spread. Three trending posts, with a combined 236,000 retweets, identified the day’s significance and emphasized the number of Chinese who had been wounded and killed during … Continue reading

China’s new ships seen near Senkaku Islands


Chinese coast guard ships were spotted Wednesday for the first time near disputed islands controlled by Japan following a reorganisation of the service to boost Beijing’s ability to enforce its maritime claims. Japan’s coast guard said four Chinese craft were seen early in the day just outside Japanese territorial waters around the tiny uninhabited East … Continue reading

Japan to increase China tensions by nationalising islands


Japan may nationalise hundreds of unclaimed islands off its coast in a bid to bolster its territorial claims, reports said, in a move that could complicate already simmering relations with China over existing maritime disputes. Quoting government sources, the Yomiuri newspaper reported yesterday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s government was planning to set up a … Continue reading

China not disputing Japan’s sovereignty over Okinawa


China does not dispute Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa and recent comments in Chinese newspapers merely reflects the views of some academics, a senior Chinese military leader said on Sunday. “China’s position has not changed… Scholars can put forth any idea they want and they do not represent the views of the Chinese government,” the deputy … Continue reading

China calls Japanese leaders ‘petty burglars’


Piqued over Japan’s warm ties with India, an influential Chinese daily said New Delhi‘s wisdom lies in dealing with its disputes with Beijing calmly, undisturbed by “internal and international provocateurs“. As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh undertook a visit to Tokyo amid reports of defence deals between the two sides, the ruling Communist Party’s mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, lashed out at Japanese politicians, terming them as … Continue reading

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