China’s most powerful military leader, in an unusual public statement, last week ordered military forces to prepare for combat, as Chinese warships deployed to waters near disputed islands and anti-Japan protests throughout the country turned violent.
Protests against the Japanese government’s purchase of three privately held islands in the Senkakus chain led to mass street protests, the burning of Japanese flags, and attacks on Japanese businesses and cars in several cities. Some carried signs that read “Kill all Japanese,” and “Fight to the Death” over disputed islands. One sign urged China to threaten a nuclear strike against Japan.
Gen. Xu Caihou, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, considered the most senior military political commissar, said Friday that military forces should be “prepared for any possible military combat,” state run Xinhua news agency reported.
Heightened tensions over the Senkakus come as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in China Monday.
Panetta, in comments made in Japan shortly before traveling to China, said, “We are concerned by the demonstrations, and we are concerned by the conflict that is taking place over the Senkaku islands.”
“The message I have tried to convey is we have to urge calm and restraint on all sides,” he said, noting any “provocation” could produce a “blow up.”
Panetta repeated the U.S. position that it is neutral in the dispute over Japan’s Senkaku islands, a small chain of islets located south of Okinawa and north of Taiwan. But he also reaffirmed the U.S. defense commitment to Japan, a treaty ally.
“We stand by our treaty obligations,” Panetta said, echoing a similar commitment made during a 2010 standoff between Beijing and Tokyo over the Senkakus. ”They’re longstanding, and that has not changed.”
China claims the islands as its territory and calls them the Diaoyu islands.
Last week, following the Japanese government’s purchase of three of the Senkakus from private Japanese owners, six Chinese maritime security ships were deployed near the Senkaku islands, further heightening tensions.
Xu’s unusual comments followed reports in state-controlled Chinese media that opposed the Japanese government’s purchase of the three islands.
Xu said during a visit to military units near Taiyuan, in the northern province of Shanxi, “efforts should be made to ensure that the military is capable of resolutely performing its duty to safeguard the country’s national sovereignty, security, and territorial integrity whenever it is needed by the Party and the people.”
A U.S. official said the PLA’s most senior political general rarely makes such direct appeals to troops to prepare for combat.
Panetta told reporters en route to Japan, the first stop on a three-nation visit to Asia, “The United States does not take a position with regards to territorial disputes.”
In 2010, then-Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates invoked the U.S.-Japan defense treaty when tensions between China and Japan increased over Tokyo’s arrest of a Chinese fishing captain who rammed his boat against a Japanese coast guard vessel in waters near the Senkakus. Gates said the United States would “fulfill our alliance responsibilities” toward Japan.
Japan’s Coast Guard announced on Sept. 14 that six Chinese maritime patrol vessels sailed into Japanese-controlled waters near the Senkakus and the vessels ignored Japanese warnings for the ships to leave the area.
Other reports from China on Monday showed a convoy of hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels sailing toward the disputed islands.
The six Chinese ships entered Japanese waters near the island on Friday, and ignored Japanese coast guard orders for them to vacate what it said was its territorial waters.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed that six of its surveillance ships had entered the waters near the islands.
China’s aggressiveness in maritime disputes has garnered little attention in the presidential election campaign.
On Monday, President Obama criticized GOP nominee Mitt Romney for his attack on the administration for being soft on China through its weak response to China’s trade and currency policies.
The Chinese maritime warships near the Senkakus were reported last week by Xinhua as “routine patrols” near the islands to “assert the country’s sovereignty and protect fishermen.”
“The Diaoyou Islands and their affiliated islets have been China’s inherent territory since ancient times, and their surrounding waters are China’s traditional fishing ground,” the report said.
A classified Chinese government map from 1969 that was obtained by Japan’s government shows Beijing had labeled the islands as “Senkaku,” their Japanese name, and thus confirmed their control by Tokyo. The map, which was viewed by the Free Beacon, also had a dividing line south of the islands showing that they fall within Japanese territory.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said during a hearing last week that China’s behavior toward regional states was tantamount to bullying.
“While the world’s attention was turned to other crises, including Iran’s nuclear program and concerns over the faltering Euro, China has upped the ante, playing the role of a schoolyard bully towards its maritime neighbors,” Ros-Lehtinen said.
“From one end to the other of the South China Sea, Beijing has increased both in belligerence and bellicosity.”
Ros-Lehtinen said the United States, through the Navy, will stand by friends and allies in the region.
The Florida Republican said China is seeking to control the South China Sea and other coastal waters and sealanes because they are “central to the Chinese communist mandarins’ aspirations to re-establish the Middle Kingdom as the dominant power in Asia.”
“Whoever controls these sea lanes can dominate Asia—and beyond—by choking off that commerce and oil shipments to the major stakeholders in the Asian economic miracle,” she said.
Chinese efforts to dominate the western Pacific are increasing the possibility of naval clashes, Ros-Lehtinen said.
“Other global crises must not distract from our vital national interests in the South China Sea and the western Pacific,” she said during a hearing.
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Nuke it out of the water.
CooterBrown Registered User User ID: 49022 10-15-2012 08:35 PM
Please state your concern: CHINA AND JAPAN GOING TO WAR DOOM !!!
Did the anticipated Doom occur? No
Did you think this Doom could be TSHTF? Yes
Was it TSHTF? No
Did it even come close? No
Were you disappointed by the relative lack of Doom? Yes
Do you often think about Doom? Yes
Don't you think that's a little strange? No
Do you still have hope for other Dooms? Yes
Don't you think that's a little strange? No
Were the folks who convinced you of this Doom selling something? Yes
Do you anticipate buying other cool stories about Doom? Yes
For 16 years I've been seeing people fearmonger on the net and if anything
I've become more amused at their constant claims of doom than made afraid.
I have to agree. Been on these sites for damn near 10 years.
Not one thing has come to pass and i damn near heard every conspiracy.
every prediction ive ever seen in my life about "DOOM" Events NEVER
HAPPEN. The only doom is what goes on in these peoples minds
For incurable Fringe Schizos ... Doom Delusion is exactly like Rapture Psychosis ...
The End is always Nigh ... it never shows up, of course ... but it is always "imminent"
Schizotypal personalities include:
o Feelings that external events have an unusual personal meaning
o Unusual thinking, beliefs, perceptions or behavior
o Suspicious or paranoid ideas
o Extreme emotional responses
o Excessive, persistent social anxiety
o Feelings of impending doom
Religious Psychosis, Schizophrenia and Paranoia
Models of religious fanaticism, such as Jesus and Mohammad, display
the classic symptoms of a religious type schizophrenia (hearing voices,
delusions of grandeur, hallucinations, sociopathy, paranoia, believing
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model themselves on classic religious schizophrenics.
With the religious paranoid, they are under the delusion that their
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who can send them to Hell for the slightest infraction. In the world of
psychiatry this disorder is considered to be symptomatic of paranoia,
but in the world of religious fanaticism, this type of paranoia is encouraged
and even considered "normal".
Unfortunately, once you are profoundly paranoid, its grip will spread
to every corner of your life. This is clearly evidenced on the Internet
where many forums are devoted entirely to paranoid delusions and
their triggering by religious fanatics who are convinced not only that
the world is soon to end but that such an apocalypse is being brought
about intentionally by evil entities such as the Illuminati, the New World
Order, or even Alien Reptiles -- shape shifters in human form from
other planets who have infiltrated the highest levels of government.
"The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad
has made the world ugly and bad." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
The End Ain't Nigh ... You Just Want It To Be
LoP Guest lop guest User ID: 40748 10-15-2012 08:43 PM
Japan has begun shutting down their manufacturing plants in China which the Chinese saw this as a huge loss for their government and country. They are relocating to other countries that are at odds with China: India, Vietnam, thailand and even Russia. The chinese government is demanding their people to stop harassing the Japanese now but it's too late.
Blitzkreig Red Dawn is Real User ID: 123750 10-16-2012 05:19 AM
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