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China's war games don't faze Japan but disrupt civilian air traffic

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Japan however has played down any significance of the exercises.

“For any country, conducting drills in nearby seas is what they routinely do,” Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters.

“We ourselves carry out exercises in a solid manner. We take this as China’s routine exercise. It is our understanding that this is not the kind of exercise aimed at a particular country or a particular situation.”

Mature and measured response from Japan, If this was NK or china the BS and rhetoric would be thick and fast.

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@Mr. Japan

“For any country, conducting drills in nearby seas is what they routinely do,” Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters.

...did you even bored to READ the article or you just are commenting based in your imaginary little world.

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Keep it classy China. Crapping with the door open. Let's hope flights between civilized countries aren't disturbed.

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Mr JapanJul. 30, 2014 - 08:57AM JST matured a bit japan! you can drill why others cannot drill! bad japan!

WTFO, how is Japan not being mature when they reply with......

"We ourselves carry out exercises in a solid manner. We take this as China’s routine exercise. It is our understanding that this is not the kind of exercise aimed at a particular country or a particular situation."

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How is Vietnam taking it? (Glad to hear that Japan is blowing it off as routine.)

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koloheJul. 30, 2014 - 09:40AM JST China at the same time is participating through Aug. 1 in the Rim of the Pacific maritime military exercises off Hawaii >with the U.S., Japan and 20 other countries.

Yes. But they have no friends.

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@Secular: As you say the PLA defo comes under the CMC and thus the General Secretary, it's not removed from the CP's structure, all those structures defo represent and ARE China, as we refer to the People's Republic of China. At least they are NOT a private army, AKA Blackwater USA. QED.

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China is like the uncool kid wanting attention from the cool guys buy saying hey look at me, look at me! Yet the people trying to be impressed are not.

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China at the same time is participating through Aug. 1 in the Rim of the Pacific maritime military exercises off Hawaii with the U.S., Japan and 20 other countries.

Yup and they were also caught spying the sending a electronic gathering spy ship near the exercise.

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And, of course, it's Japan's 'fault.'

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@JT, it's Alderaan, pardon my pedant. Yes, well, please, please, no mishaps. I have both family and friends flying both today and tomorrow. Great. Sure they are staying within a low ceiling though, surely.

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@AlexNoaburg and the communists were allowed to hold back in WW2 so they could sucker punch the nationalists. Again, keeping it classy.

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@tinawatanabe. Yes, there is an increased US submarine presence in the South / East China Sea now. According to Katsuya Masahiko, you can verify this by seeing a spike in nightlife activities of US servicemen in southeast Asian cities.

I wouldn't be surprised if the US "showed" the Chinese submarines in the area how outclassed they were, which would explain why Chinese activity in the senkakus have died down and there has been more problems with the Wygher region more recently. With china spinning out of control, the communist party badly needs an outside enemy more than ever, but it needs to be one that hey can beat, thus create a "war on terror" against a minority population.

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@Alex

One per cent of China's population own a third of her entire wealth.

That's not communist.

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@lucabrasi

Yes, it is.

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tokyodoumoAug. 01, 2014 - 04:17AM JST If Japan is so cool... then why did ABE abolish Article 9 and start the re-armament program?

He didn't.

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China at the same time is participating through Aug. 1 in the Rim of the Pacific maritime military exercises off Hawaii with the U.S., Japan and 20 other countries.

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China? War games?!

But but but, Alderon is a peaceful planet!

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Sure they are staying within a low ceiling though, surely.

The Chinese war games, not the civil aviation flights.

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Good! While other countries have an ever increased critical view about China's military games, less people will get in and out of China. This is actually a double win.

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My friend's flight from Singapore on Singapore Airline was supposed to land in Shanghai at 6:05pm. He arrived at 6:10pm. A delay of 5 minutes. I travelled to Shanghai via bullet train and arrived at 6:20, right on time. We were all alerted to the exercises and made our arrangements. This is China's exercises happening at the eastern seaboard, as simple as that. No need to read anything into it and the response from Japan is measuredly mature. That is good!

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So that's why my friend's flight to China got delayed until the next day...

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SecularBeast just pointed out a subtle difference, but its true. The PLA is the national military only in a defacto sense.

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@ALmost

Well, you got me there.

I bow to your ready wit and clever arguments....

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They'd rather just assume that America will take care of everything

Why? Has America come nearby Senkaku?

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If Japan is so cool... then why did ABE abolish Article 9 and start the re-armament program? Article 9 was a promise to the World Japan will not start a war ever again in foreign soil, if ABE's motive is strictly defensive than he didn't need to amend the Constitution.

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China still wields the biggest stick in the East China Sea. The Japanese don't want to discuss it seriously. They'd rather just assume that America will take care of everything and that China probably won't do anything even though it's kicking up a big fuss,

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So. This is news because?

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A-hem JT. 'China' is not holding military exercises, the PLA are.

The PLA is the private army/navy/air-force of the Chinese Communist Party. The PLA is not a national military force like those of Japan or other democratic nations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iMz-wQ7eeE

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China is communist today and the no. 2 economy because japan weakened the nationalist party in ww2. To blame china's militarization when Japan is doing the same is hypocritical on two levels.

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matured a bit japan! you can drill why others cannot drill! bad japan!

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