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Japan, Philippines to hold first naval drill in South China Sea

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Just because the word China is in the South China Sea does not mean that you get to claim all of it. Look at Sea of Japan, you don't see Japan claiming everything within it.

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The nature of the training is unlikely to worry China unduly, as it has conducted similar exercises with the United States in the past.

Uh? Which is exactly the US game?

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Japan-Philippines just conducted joint anti-piracy drills. Now this? Prob not a good idea, might PO Beijing. If they keep up their drills in that area, there could be some unwanted friction.

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When the US can't handle international matters through diplomacy, and instead, to hold drill by herself or those who listen to her like these ones or sending drones to watch areas of weak countries... it only shows that the decline of US global power is more and more clear and unstoppable!

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Look at Sea of Japan, you don't see Japan claiming everything within it.

Not these days, anyways. And that is rather the point.

China is living the Rising Power Dream.

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@Wc636 so you think we should better not PO Beijing?

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wakawaka225:

Just because the word China is in the South China Sea does not mean that you get to claim all of it

And if you'd do a bit of research, you'd find that the Chinese word for that sea literally means 'South Sea'. The word China appears nowhere in the name. You can blame the Europeans, especially the Portuguese, for putting the word China into it.

Look at Sea of Japan, you don't see Japan claiming everything within it.

That's because Korea lies on the other side.

I can understand the Philippines having a say in all this, but why are the Japanese doing drills in a sea nowhere near their own country? Having USA occupying places nowhere near its borders is more than enough. Sounding all like the early 1940's again. I'm sure some older citizens of the Philippines recall those days, unfortunately.

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I'm just kinda' throwing that thought out there. I don't know. But i do believe in "chose your battles wisely".

If Beijing gets PO they could throw a nice whippin' on the Japanese Navy in the south China Sea. Then what? The US sits on the sideline or is forced to back a fight which it did not pick?

One on One, Japan's military is no match vs China.

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If Beijing gets PO they could throw a nice whippin' on the Japanese Navy in the south China Sea.

I think you need to look at the strength of Japan's navy vs. China's.

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I still think: One on One, Japan's military (as a whole) is NO match vs China.

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@Wc626

I still think: One on One, Japan's military (as a whole) is NO match vs China.

This is true because of China's increased military proliferation. But size isn't everything and still, the US wouldn't sit inactive and watch Japan get owned. More realistically, it's China Navy vs. Japan, US, Philipines, Vietnam.

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China claims south china sea isles not because the name of the sea, but Japen returned spratly islands and paracell islands to ROC after JP surrendered WWII and later in 1970 JP betrayed ROC/ Taiwan to recognize PRC- so you eat what you planted before!

China won't shoot one bullet at JP/ Philp. ships however some news said CN will hold a drill with Rusia in Sea of Japen near end of 2015, things always go around and same way come around and that's it. I don't think any of these drills is good for regional peace!

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Japan's Navy has always been a Force to be reckoned with. Ask two Superpowers- US and Russia (former USSR).

But Vietnam & Philippines? Heck, they're just a so-called fleet of floating "ash trays" in the Pacific.

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Wc626May. 09, 2015 - 04:54PM JST I still think: One on One, Japan's military (as a whole) is NO match vs China.

"As a Whole"? Including China's nuclear arsenal? Ever read the US-Japan Mutual Defense Treaty? China no NO MATCH for the United States, partially or as a whole. In this day and age Democratic natiomns stand together as allies. Authoritarian dictatorships stand alone,

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