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One step short of war between China and Japan

Hua Chunying

Hua Chunying

According to Kyoto News, Japan’s Ministry of Defence published a piece of news on December 22 that at noon that day, an aircraft under China’s State Oceanic Administration was found 100 km away from the Diaoyu Island (called Senkau by Japan). Japan Air Self-Defence Force responded with emergency despatch of its fighters to deal with the Chinese aircraft.

According to the Ministry, the Chinese aircraft was a Y-12. On December 13, a similar type of aircraft under the said Administration was found above the sea area around the Diaoyu.

The Ministry is on higher alert against Chinese activities in the East China Sea and Japan Air Self-Defence Force has deployed its early warning aircraft to strengthen its surveillance and control over the air space above East China Sea.

According to the website of China’s State Oceanic Administration, on December 21 a fleet of China’s Marine Surveillance Ships numbered 50, 83 and 111 patrolled the sea area around the Diaoyus and shouted at Japan’s Coast Guard boats to tell them leave the said sea area as China regards it as its territorial waters.

Now, the difference between Chinese and Japanese practices in the area is that China has sent its navy to the area but Japan has not sent its navy to drive away Chinese ships, but Japan has sent its military aircraft to deal with Chinese aircraft while China only sent its civil administration aircraft to patrol the area.

One further step on either side, either China sends its military aircraft or Japan sends its navy ship to the disputed sea area may give rise to a war between the two countries.

On December 21, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a routine press conference said Chinese administration ships have always maintained  routine surveillance patrol in the sea area around the Diaoyu Islands to protect China’s sovereignty over the area. It indicates China’s persistence in marine patrol.

However, as she did not mention whether China will keep on its air patrol and as Japan refrains from sending its navy, there is still hope that neither of them will take the further step to start the war.

Sources: Kyoto News, NHK, chinanews. Com,

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


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