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China says Japanese base on Yonaguni shows its hypocrisy on South China Sea

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China: “Japan always criticises others, so how can it explain its own actions?”

Ummm.... Because Yonaguni is part of Japan, not contested and isn't some sandy atoll that has been reclaimed and unilaterally declared 'Japanese territory', maybe?

Japan can build whatever it likes on its own land. Just as China is free to do what it wants in areas that are undisputedly China. Which doesn't go any further south than Hainan Island.

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It could be yet another strategic blunder by China then. They might have helped bottle up their own navy. If they had not caused a fuss about the Senkakus and provoked the Japanese to militarise Yonaguni then perhaps the narrow choke point would have been overlooked. But China is revealing its true colours everywhere from the Indian border to the South China Sea. Now everyone is on alert. How dumb!

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Hey China! At least it is a real island and not one made artificially.

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China's military and government are very similar to that of an adolescent brain, poor judgement and impulse control due to being underdeveloped. Sadly, China thinks it knows every thing and what it's doing is right, much like a teenager but as we all know, teenagers tend to make some horrific errors in judgement and these go on to bite them in the arse in EPIC fashion.

China, like a lot of teenagers has this monumental chip on their shoulder about never being respected or taken seriously and that I fear will eventually lead to that teenager aka China over reaching their accepted level of stupidity to where they end up needing a proverbial spanking!!! Now of course we all know those days of keeping bad little children in check with a little spanking is not PC now and thus we see the growth of these little brats' misbehaviour just about everywhere we go. So was is clearly becoming a "too little, to late" scenario with China needs to be addressed. And by the way that was yesterday about three years ago, give or take a year.

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Pot calling kettle BLACK.

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japan wouldn't need a radar base if it didn't have to watch out for the chinese invasion...

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It is our island! We need it to detect a possible invasion from China!

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Chinese government showing the world just how idiotic they are again.

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The hypocrisy of China never fails to amaze me. Compare with what China has done on, what Japan has done is far more proper since they did it on their own undisputed land. China can claim that they are doing it on their own soil as well, but the reality is that their claim is disputed and unrecognized by many countries in the SEA as well as the international community.

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China is stealing everything they can to create as much facts on the ground as possible before the rule on Philippines' legal claim. Certainly they don't like to be watched in the process. But their bullying is risky as they are only creating enemies everywhere which can make the Chinese lose face very quickly. It's like Germany 1939 all over again.

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China was always going to try and take over, and because they are faltering on the economic takeover they are preparing plan B. We need to be very very cautious.

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Stupid, hypocritical and outright erroneous comments from China only work against them. They still haven't figured that out yet.

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Seriously? Did China really just said that? Japan action is because of self defense from China's threat. Senkaku Island is given to Japan by the US.

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Children playing in the sandbox.

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Japan likes “making a scene”

No, countries are only shinning a light on the scene created by China.

Meanwhile:

China lays claim to most of the South China Sea.

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More political skullduggery from the Government of China in a fragerent attempt to divert attention from agressive expansionism and reckless island reclaimantion that will result in a standoff to rival the Cuban missile crisis.

Deal and confront the bully now.

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China: "Today we can see what Japan is really up to on Yonaguni island" Re: Great, at least Japan is bold enough to announce it's intentions without making a story as China did and then militarized man made islands when it was supposed to natural research.

Today it is not only Japan but the world that is seeing China's true and clear intentions of conquest in the region.

“Japan always criticizes others, so how can it explain its own actions?” Re: To use the Chinese own words, ":since when does a country need to explain its action on its own lands"
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Spratly Islands, guys?

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I wouldn't be bothered by Japan's hypocrisy if I were the Chinese Politburo. Instead I would be annoyed by the fact that a country with less than 1/10th the population and 1/30th the landmass to theirs is still giving them a run for their money.

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1,490 Japanese live on Yonaguni Island. http://www.town.yonaguni.okinawa.jp/

Those islanders have lived for tens of generations. China does not have any say on the things on the island.

“Today we can see what Japan is really up to on Yonaguni island, which is only 100 km from China’s Taiwan and the Diaoyu Islands,” ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a monthly news briefing. China claims self-ruled Taiwan as its own.

“We’ve noticed media reports that in the past this island had just two policemen and only 10 rounds of ammunition,” he added, saying Japan would now be basing troops there.

In light of what China is doing in Tibet, Uyghur and the South China Sea, two policemen are not enough to protect 1,490 civilians.

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?“Today we can see what Japan is really up to on Yonaguni island, which is only 100 km from China’s Taiwan and the Diaoyu Islands,”

How close is it to Taiwan's China?

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i do feel sorry for the yonaguni residents (once independent from japan) who are caught in these two country's bs

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People of Yonaguni actually had a vote and accepted the JGSDF. So no there is not going to be a independent Yonaguni.

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"do feel sorry for the yonaguni residents (once independent from japan) who are caught in these two country's bs"

PLEASE DON'T!!

As mentioned by another poster, Yonaguni residents (national citizens) cast a free vote on this issue; the majority voted for the base and for their other Japainese "comrades" of the JGSDS to join them.

And asked them to bring on their families.

And they even allowed those ingrate gaijin residents on the island to vote on this extremely sensitive matter, which should have been decided by Japainese nationals alone!

It's all on YouTube if you want to know how the election was conducted; and reported by a J-chick with impeccably nice English, to counter JT gaijin usual assertion the J-people are incapable of speaking anything else other than their own language!

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Bob SneiderApr. 01, 2016 - 07:06PM JST i do feel sorry for the yonaguni residents (once independent from japan) who are caught in these two country's bs

They chose to remain independent of China.

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r, Yonaguni residents (national citizens) cast a free vote on this issue; the majority voted for the base and for their other Japainese "comrades" of the JGSDS to join them.

Almost half of the residents (forty-something percent or so) voted against it. I'm willing to bet a portion of the majority were bought off by the Japanese government, or sold by promises of military brought business. Yonaguni was one of the poorest parts of Japan, do to Japan limiting travel between it and its nearest neighbor- Taiwan. If residents are forced to sell their ancestor's land in exchange for money, I don't consider that the will of the Yonaguni Residents. They had no choice in the matter

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Bob Sneider: "Almost half of the residents (forty-something percent or so) voted against it."

And yet, when you point out votes in Okinawa about Onaga and that 45% voted against him some will tell you their votes don't matter (the losers), and mean nothing. Does that apply here as well, or do the voters who did not vote for Onaga actually matter? In this case, your suggestion people in the majority were bought off and/or lied to is baseless.

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The people who don't vote don't matter, because they have chosen not to matter.

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It takes one to know one!

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