Posts tagged "China"
China's J-20 fighter: What Does it Mean for Japan? And Does it Exist?

China’s J-20 fighter: What Does it Mean for Japan? And Does it Exist?

I don’t know, I’m just asking. Assuming it exists, will Japan’s force of upgraded F-15Js still be sufficient to do the job, or will Japan be forced to accelerate development of ATD-X? I still find myself skeptical this plane actually exists. The Internet is falling all over itself to scrutinize these photos without stopping to...

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ASDF Intercepts vs. China at 5 Year High

ASDF Intercepts vs. China at 5 Year High

According to the Asashi Shimbun, the Air Self Defense Forces have flown 44 intercept missions against Chinese military aircraft this year, the highest number of intercepts since 2006. Furthermore, since the September trawler incident in the Senkaku islands, Chinese planes are flying closer to Japanese planes than ever before, almost close enough to be visible...

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China to establish permanent patrols near Senkakus

China to establish permanent patrols near Senkakus

    The People’s Republic of China intends to establish permanent patrols by fisheries protection vessels in the vicinity of the Senkaku islands, which are claimed by Japan. 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...

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That pushy Chinese fishermen problem may have just solved itself

One Chinese fisherman has died and another is missing after a confrontation between up to 50 Chinese fishing boats and the South Korean Coast Guard. A Chinese fishing trawler intentionally rammed a coast guard vessel and later capsized. The fishing boats were illegally poaching in South Korean waters. Video above is from the incident — quite...

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Japan: No to Six-Party Talks

China last week proposed restarting the Six Party Talks on North Korea, but at least one of the parties, Japan, is not interested. The talks, which include South Korea, China, the United States, Japan, and Russia, began in 2003 and were last held in 2007. The principal gain from the talks seems to have been...

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Japan and strategic communication with China

Interesting AFP article on a Chinese blogger and his suggestions for opening up China to Japanese points of view. “I urge Japanese people to open your mind. We need your voice. We need your real information,” said the blogger, who writes under the name of Michael Anti, at a press conference in Tokyo. He added...

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Yonaguni is getting a garrison

[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/?ll=24.379623,123.159485&spn=1.781133,2.947083&t=h&z=9 width=600 height=350 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] First broached last July, a proposal to station troops on Yonaguni island is becoming a reality. The Ministry of Defense has finalized its decision to station around 100 Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) members on Yonaguni Island in Okinawa Prefecture to monitor the coast and the activity of...

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The Japanese really, really distrust China

Via the Daily Yomiuri. Among respondents… 2009 Percent of Japanese who agreed that ties with China “bad”: 47% Percent of Chinese who agreed that ties with Japan “bad”: 43% 2010 Percent of Japanese who considered China “untrustworthy”: 87% Percent of Japanese who agreed that ties with China “bad”: 90% Percent of Chinese who considered Japan...

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On India and Japan

“India, Japan are a new counterweight to China.” Published in the Zanesville Times Recorder, no less, I think this sums it all up quite well. “…both India and Japan are worried about the growing China-Pakistan-North Korea cooperation in the nuclear- and missile-technology field. It is their shared concern that is drawing Delhi and Tokyo closer....

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Chinese fishing trawler videos leaked

Video shot from Japan Coast Guard vessels during the incident with the Chinese fishing trawler Minjinyu 5179 have been leaked onto YouTube. The video was released to the Diet on October 28th and screened by lawmakers on the 2nd. One of the lawmakers said: “It was a blatant act of obstructing officers from performing their...

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One way to get the Americans out of Okinawa: let China have it.

According to some Chinese scholars, in addition to the Senkakus, Okinawa too should be Chinese: More than a few Chinese scholars are beginning to claim Okinawa as Chinese land by writing numerous academic papers in Chinese journals, though they are still in a minority among historians. Xu Yong, noted professor of history at the Beijing...

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Secret LDP – PRC pact on Senkakus accidentally broken?

AFP reports on an alleged “secret pact” between the old LDP government and the People’s Republic of China: Aera magazine reported that under Japan’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party, which ruled for half a century until last year, Tokyo and Beijing had made “secret promises” to each other over the territorial issue. “Under the secret promises,...

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