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Japan concerned at Chinese activity near disputed islands

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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And another sign of Japanese 'militarisation'...

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Yesterday they were sending CHINA MARITIME SURVEILLANCE AGENCY vessels. Now they are sending CHINA COAST GUARD vessels. How long will it be before they just get right to the point and start sending CHINESE PEOPLES LIBERATION ARMY NAVY vessels?

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This happens a lot, it's not news.

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Im pretty sure that the fighter jet reported in the first paragraph is neither a fighter nor a jet. Just an observation.

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China's neo-cold war strategy

Massive Japanese debt- check

Nuclear disaster- check

Increase tentions- check

Rally the Chinese population- check

Decrease trade- check

Militarize Japan- working

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including the flight of a Chinese fighter jet near Japanese airspace.

The press is not trying blow this out of proportion by printing outrageous lies. No sir. An unarmed propeller driven spy plane is really just about the same thing as a fighter jet.

Only the Chinese press lies.

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That's what happens when you up the rhetoric and bombast yourself, Japan. They are DISPUTED islands, whether Japan likes it or not, and so any unilateral action by one nation will be met by action from the other. This goes the other way around, too, of course; any action China takes meets with more hollow threats from Japan while they hide behind the US.

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smithinjapanJul. 26, 2013 - 08:43AM JST That's what happens when you up the rhetoric and bombast yourself, Japan. They are DISPUTED islands, whether >Japan likes it or not

The only one "disputing" it is China smith and they are free to take the issue to the ICJ. Oh wait they won't! Just like the South Koreans and Takeshima.

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That's what happens when you up the rhetoric and bombast yourself, Japan. They are DISPUTED islands, whether Japan likes it or not, and so any unilateral action by one nation will be met by action from the other. This goes the other way around, too, of course; any action China takes meets with more hollow threats from Japan while they hide behind the US.

Funny comment from smith.

If the current activity by China is justified as you say (unilateral action by one nation will be met by action from other) bearing in mind that Japanese 'action' was just purchasing the island from an individual whose lease was about to expire, how should a nation react to many other actions by another which includes kidnapping and killing of fishermen, building docks and outposts thereafter and landing of the island by their leader?

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They should call those new Chinese ships "The International Aggression Bureau".

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I don't think drones would work out over those seas, chances are they'd get hacked and dropped into the sea pretty quick. Better to rely on real time satellite surveillance and quick action response fleet s.

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That's what happens when you up the rhetoric and bombast yourself, Japan. They are DISPUTED islands, whether Japan likes it or not, and so any unilateral action by one nation will be met by action from the other. This goes the other way around, too, of course; any action China takes meets with more hollow threats from Japan while they hide behind the US.

Disputed islands under Japanese control, but then Smith never misses a chance to bash Japan. It's a wonder he can look himself in the mirror still living in this country under an Abe government, sucking up Japan's hospitality and enjoying it's safe environment.

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I would like to share an understanding that we need to observe a rule of law, not a rule by force.”

very well put by the PM. Japan just needs to keep calm and keep its resolve and it will know the right course of action. China cannot force anyone else to accept its fantasy claims, and eventually it will realize that the path of the bully leads to failure and shame.

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Sounds like Abe wants to justify his ultra-nationalistic stance...how convenient. This news of increased military activity comes out after LDP wins the elections. Its all about timing, I guess.

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OssanAmerica - "The only one "disputing" it is China smith and they are free to take the issue to the ICJ. Oh wait they won't! Just like the South Koreans and Takeshima."

Koji Tsuruoka, deputy foreign minister, recently threatened the UN that an unfavorable decision by the ICJ against Japanese whaling may be disregarded and they may choose to leave the IWC. So IF Japan doesn't like it, they may choose to ignore it. Now tell me again why any country should go to the ICJ with Japan???

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Island claim from an ending lease is not a good Government Investment When the Area is in Dispute before the purchase. May be Japan, Could look at this as others may have mistaken it as aggression please Comment.

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“I would like to share an understanding that we need to observe a rule of law, not a rule by force.” is Abe talking about America?

If American military can freely roam Asia, why not China's military or for that matter the Thai military....

All this talk about chinese press lies and japanese press don't lie, the fact is all press lie and side by the popular sentiments of the time.

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American military can freely roam Asia

Another distortion of the truth to justify and downplay Chinese aggression.

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Business as usual. China tests how far they can go currently without tipping off the status quo. Japan sits, watches and waits and maybe next time we might be seeing an 'incident' with Chinese military vessels encroaching. At that point things will get interesting.

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Scott Johnson,

Only the Chinese press lies.

Do you really, sincerely believe that?

There are many ways to lie. You can say something happened when it didn't or didn't happen when it did. And you can also OMIT stuff. Take out certain facts and a story can read very differently.

Sure, the Chinese press lies, but so does the US press, the UK press, the Japanese press, you name it. They pick and choose which stories to publish and which parts of a story to cut out to paint the kind of picture that suits their agenda.

That's why it's important to have several news sources, not just one.

The Senkaku issue is not exactly cut and dried. You can argue that the islands are Chinese or you can argue that they are Japanese.

Abe should be discussing this with Chinese representatives instead of barking his head off at the Chinese planes and ships and running between the U.S.A.'s legs when it looks dangerous.

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Disputed islands under Japanese control, but then Smith never misses a chance to bash Japan.

Under Japanese control? Doesn't the fact that the Chinese are able to patrol these islands regularly a proof that there is no such thing as Japanese control?

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Area for Free Trade ? Can the area cover the disputed island?We know, Abe needs the go-on disputes on the island to establish an army.

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Guru29Jul. 27, 2013 - 12:07AM JST

Disputed islands under Japanese control, but then Smith never misses a chance to bash Japan.

Under Japanese control? Doesn't the fact that the Chinese are able to patrol these islands regularly a proof that there is no such thing as Japanese control?

You don't understand that phrase? You're missing the point here.

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