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Japan survey ships prepare for deployment as tension with China rises

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"The ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily warned that China would never allow itself to be trampled on again,"

So their solution is to trample on everyone else first?

In a commentary published under the pen name “Zhong Sheng”, or “voice of China”, the newspaper said Abe was >looking for excuses to re-arm Japan and that the dispute with China was a convenient way of pushing that goal.

Nobody needs any excuses to rearm. China is handing them the sole reason with their behavior and denial of reality.

“The aim is to create tension and provoke incidents, to push Japan’s military development,” it said.

Sounds more like China's aim if we go by what they've accomplished so far.

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The USA, China and Japan must stop playing. This play is becoming dangerous. I'm tired of this kind of news. Shameful governments. All of them.

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Alex, only China is pushing the envelope, Japan is simply resisting the bully. And US is happy to have them in such state.

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only China is pushing the envelope, Japan is simply resisting the bully.

Disagree.

And US is happy to have them in such state.

Agree. And many Chinese apparently are aware about this. Some people should read China Daily's forum, it's pretty interesting.

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Alex80Jul. 21, 2013 - 07:24AM JST The USA, China and Japan must stop playing. This play is becoming dangerous. I'm tired of this kind of news. >Shameful governments. All of them.

I don't see the U.S.or Japan declaring that they own vast expanses of oceans on the scale of the South and East China Seas. I don't see either of those countries being an issue of concern by ASEAN nations and considered a threat. Only China gets that dubious award. China is the only one with the shameful one-party dictatorship.

Alex80Jul. 21, 2013 - 07:44AM JST "only China is pushing the envelope, Japan is simply resisting the bully. Disagree.

Anyone who considers Japan's post war history in all honesty can not really disagree.

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Ossian - I agree. Between China's bullying and it's failure to even try to reign in N orth Korea, Japan has ample reason, not excuses to rearm.

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I don't see the U.S.or Japan declaring that they own vast expanses of oceans on the scale of the South and East China Seas. I don't see either of those countries being an issue of concern by ASEAN nations and considered a threat. Only China gets that dubious award. China is the only one with the shameful one-party dictatorship.

China would be mature enough to deal her disputes in Asia diplomatically, I think. But the presence of the USA in Asia makes the things more difficult. You could read Chinese point of view: http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2013-07/20/content_16803594.htm

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For instance, since Abe took office in December, the Japanese government has taken "historic steps" in attempting to revise the constitution, establish national defense forces, amend the national defense program guidelines, exercise collective self-defense, set up the National Security Council, raise military spending and build up military strength, according to the report.

Alex80,

Tks for the link. The exerpts looks like Japan is attempting to become a "normal" nation, finally.

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I find all of this a bit odd when it was China that tried to invade Japan, twice and seriously came within one storm of succeeding. Japan has no reason to think China has changed its attitude to the rest of the Pacific area ...and considering it all just future Chinese territory temporarily being occupied by caretaker owners until China takes control.

Sadly it is China who tries to use aggression and claims that others are using it against them. It is not a good thing in a modern world that needs more peace, not more aggression.

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In a possible sign of brinkmanship, Japanese survey ships, if deployed, would operate “right up to the median line”...

Halt, or we will survey you? Yeah, that's really pushing the envelope...

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Same for South Korea, and any other "minor character in the plot".

Other minor characters like North Korea, portrayed like a "huge threat" , when it is only another pawn in the game between China and the USA.

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I find all of this a bit odd when it was China that tried to invade Japan, twice ** What?? Study history! The East China sea IS called the East China Sea because it is SO close to their country and very far from Japan. How is it that JP claims the Pacific as theirs since early times but deny the closest Sea to the Chinese? Think about it. The bully is obvious and always has been JP. This time China is stronger, watch out. The costs will be terrible and much more than Abe'S political goals of winning supporters and using conflicts to gain popularity.

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I find all of this a bit odd when it was China that tried to invade Japan, twice and seriously came within one storm of succeeding.

LOL it was Japan that invaded China during the Pacific War... and it was the Mongols that decided to invade Japan twice. Historically, China has never really been very aggressive. And interestingly, it was Japan that told the Western powers during WW1 to not see China as a threat and go easy on them, because again historically, China had never invaded another country before.

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Your friend is close, your enemy is closer.

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This was a non- issue until good old right winger and China hater, Ishihara, decided to purchase the islands by the Tokyo government. Why did the ships all of a sudden appear in the islands around this tiny rock. The LDP may be calling a the alliance with the US a great thing but please recall your scariest enemy is your friend. They know you the best and take advantage of you. Japan has to be a bit more choosy about who are it's friends and who are it's enemies.

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"I find all of this a bit odd when it was China that tried to invade Japan, twice and seriously came within one storm of succeeding."

@CrisGerSan:

I think you're confusing China with The Mongols (Mongolia). Mongolia is hardly a friend of China.

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what you feel about the whole episode is also depends on your location off east china sea

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The People’s Liberation Army Daily said Abe was trying to play the “China threat”, to win votes in upper house of parliament elections on Sunday

They are right !

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China started all this mess, China have same issues for Tibet, and ASEAN countries. China is already a big country why still take small islands from smaller countries. Does the Crocodile not being feed enough! China rotten in Hell!

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China was never aggressive? what about now? pushing on to own lands with natural resources, posing fear on neignboring country??? when will China's bullying and provoking actions stop? who will ask China to stop? first their fishermen, now oil drillers... what is next?

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The USA, China and Japan must stop playing. This play is becoming dangerous.

None of them are playing, and it has already been dangerous.

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The real players in the Asia-Pacific region are the USA and China. Japan is only a minor nation, used by the USA according to their interests. Behind Japan's nationalism there are the USA.

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CrisGerSanJul. 21, 2013 - 09:22AM JST I find all of this a bit odd when it was China that tried to invade Japan, twice and seriously came within one storm of succeeding

This is correct, Although the C-supporters are all crying that it was the Mongols, the troops that crossed the Seas of Japan twice were Chinese and Korean with Mongol generals. The ships were built by the Chinese. The Mongols controlled both China and the Korean Penninsula at the time. So if one wants to argue that it was the Mongols who invaded and not the Chinese, then it follows that the Chinese argument that the Senkakus were "taken" by Japan from the Qing Dynasty means that they were taken from the Manchurians, not the Chinese.

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Ideologies aside, China and Japan can not change their geographical locations. They will be neighbours for ever, whether they like it or not. The best thing for them is, at least, to tolerate each other, unless they choose to live like the Palestinians and Israelis. For sure, someone, somewhere must be laughing at the two Asians economic giants at each other's throats trying to destroy each other. Who will benefit out of that? Someone, somewhere will, for sure.

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Japanese made strong attack against United States and won Pearl Harbor war until United States used nuclear bombs in the second stage of war which announced the occupation of Japan land by United States. Today, US is using Japanese strategy which is aircraft carrier group against many countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. Losing China will have bad impacts in Japan history compare to the country who destroyed two cities of Japan. Asian people have close geography, ethnic and blood relation which can establish Asian Union or SCO (military organization) compare to NATO

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