Take our user survey and make your voice heard.
politics

Chinese general takes harsh line on Taiwan, other disputes at international naval gathering

15 Comments
By NG HAN GUAN and CHRISTOPHER BODEEN

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

©2024 GPlusMedia Inc.


15 Comments
Login to comment

.....that the country would strike back with force if its interests came under threat.

In other words, China would react exactly the same as almost every other country in the world.

-11 ( +6 / -17 )

Zhang said China's territorial sovereignty “brooks no infringement

And no-one is trying to infringe on its territory. China, in contrast, is infringing on everyone else's.

China “remains committed to resolving maritime disputes with directly concerned countries through friendly consultations

Then, why are you illegally occupying and militarizing features in the South China Sea, despite your acts having been ruled unlawful under UNCLOS (which you have ratified)?

Why are you threatening the Senkakus?

And why are you ramming and water cannoning Philippine ships, whilst blocking the main "friendly consultations" for the region - the South China Sea code of conduct?

https://thediplomat.com/2023/11/a-south-china-sea-code-of-conduct-cannot-be-built-on-a-foundation-of-bad-faith/

Still, I guess you must parrot the lines given to you by the Emperor, or else you may end up like Li Shangfu and all the other officials that his Imperial Majesty has disappeared.

10 ( +14 / -4 )

Zhang said China's territorial sovereignty “brooks no infringement and its core interests cannot be challenged. We do not provoke trouble,

No Chinese territory is being infringed upon, and China is the ONLY ONE to provoke trouble in both the waters south and east of China.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

We do not provoke trouble.

More truth with Chinese characteristics. It seems to be all that China has been doing for the past 20 years. It's a menace.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

My grandmother was a Chinese refugee from the CCP, she used to say the CCP were a "diu lien" (shameless people), calling others thieves when they're the actual thieves. I guess even after CCP changed to XiXiPee, they haven't changed.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

Striking back is the normal reaction any country would do if they were attacked. There's was no need for him barking out loud at the gathering indicating what China would do.

One of China's top military leaders took a harsh line on regional territorial disputes, telling an international naval gathering in northeastern China on Monday that the country would strike back with force if its interests came under threat.

In accordance with what law? They don't agree with international laws, so why didn't the idiot just say China will ATTEMPT to take justified actions to defend what they think is there own rule of law.” LMFAO he had the nerve to say "we will not allow our good faith to be abused,”** since when did China ever do ANYTHING in GOOD FAITH?**

China “remains committed to resolving maritime disputes with directly concerned countries through friendly consultations, but we will not allow our good faith to be abused,” Zhang said. “Particularly over the self-governing island republic of Taiwan that Beijing threatens to use force to bring under its control. We will take justified actions to defend our rights in accordance with the law.”

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Mr KiplingToday  05:00 pm JST

.....that the country would strike back with force if its interests came under threat.

In other words, China would react exactly the same as almost every other country in the world.

How many countrues in gthe world are claim vast expanses of international water andcallig it theirs, building military bases on them?

How many countries in the world have continued to threaten an invasion of another for 75 years?

Oh yea, "exactly" like every other country my rear end.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

I think we might be in a situation where we have been allowing China to control the political narrative regarding Taiwan. Taiwan has very few countries that recognise Taiwan as a state. It's not in the UN. similar to Palestine. Politically it could be argued, that if we ( international) don't accept Taiwan as a country then by default we are indirectly saying, it belongs to China. Politically speaking that is. The CCP has been building up a massive naval fleet, air force, and army. That has another purpose and it isn't just defence. Especially the aircraft carriers which are designed to project power over the straits. We have seen what happens to a country that has a security guarantee backed by the US et al that has no nukes/or gave them up. Not once but twice! Thirdly, Taiwan has no US bases, there and so it could be argued that if China invaded Taiwan, it had nothing to do with the US,( even though they have a treaty, similar to the one promised to Ukraine). We are also allowing China to become dominant economically, to the point money talks and the US, et al can't afford to go head to head militarily with China or don't want to, and some countries won't want to rock the boat with China because they don't want to lose out. Finally, we have allowed China to build fake islands in the South China Sea, and I suppose if possession is nine-tenths of the law, then we have allowed China to build and lay claim to it. Legally or not, it kinda has that squatter right to it, but it does have that feeling of when Nazi Germany annexed parts of Europe. Finally, we have never seen two nuclear power countries go directly head to head in a shooting war, and I don't think that will change if China attacks. Let's hope the chess pieces are kept in place to keep a stalemate. Its time to say NO to China. as a group!

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Zhang said China's territorial sovereignty “brooks no infringement and its core interests cannot be challenged. We do not provoke trouble, but we will never flinch in face of provocation. The Chinese military will resolutely defend the reunification and interest of the motherland."

I think China and North Korea have the same speech writer.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Former Australian PM, Paul Keating, speaking at a similar type meeting of Western naval powers ,on hearing of the capabilities of Aircraft Carriers said "Yes, but they all make the same noise "

The listeners interest raised, they asked , "Oh, what noise is that ?"

Keating replied..."Glug ...glug....glug " {A sinking noise }

That is , all ships are vulnerable to sinking.

I think the advent of sophisticated missiles, drones and undetectable submarines probably makes these hulking warships called Aircraft Carriers a relic from the past.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Mr KiplingApr. 22 05:00 pm JST

.....that the country would strike back with force if its interests came under threat.

In other words, China would react exactly the same as almost every other country in the world.

Most countries don't have unresolved 80 year old civil wars they claim are still going on.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Abe234Apr. 22 09:28 pm JST

We have seen what happens to a country that has a security guarantee backed by the US et al that has no nukes/or gave them up. Not once but twice!

Actually zero countries that have a security guarantee from the US have been invaded and destroyed.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Abe234Apr. 22 09:28 pm JST

the US, et al can't afford to go head to head militarily with China

I wouldn't be so sure that a country with reserve currency status and 80 years of planning can't take on the likes of China.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

I wouldn't be so sure that a country with reserve currency status and 80 years of planning can't take on the likes of China.

I think you may find that the US will be severely tested over the next few years and I believe that what is currently playing out has been planned for some time. The US are caught in a very precarious position of having to be involved in Europe, the Middle East and East Asia simultaneously. I believe this very issue is why the US government was able to pass the recent bill as more recognize the true danger lurking just over the horizon, hopefully not too late.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

AlternativeOpinionApr. 23 10:25 pm JST

I wouldn't be so sure that a country with reserve currency status and 80 years of planning can't take on the likes of China.

I think you may find that the US will be severely tested over the next few years and I believe that what is currently playing out has been planned for some time.

The dictatorships can plan all they want: Russia is experiencing extreme brain drain from its war and China has a huge property crisis. Turns out that having thugs in charge of your government might not be conducive to business.

The US are caught in a very precarious position of having to be involved in Europe, the Middle East and East Asia simultaneously. I believe this very issue is why the US government was able to pass the recent bill as more recognize the true danger lurking just over the horizon, hopefully not too late.

Each conflict is different. Ukraine is all land gear. Taiwan is almost all the Navy and Air Force. The one wildcard is the scuffles with Iran and its terrorists which might consume valuable missiles if we aren't careful.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites