Commander of the Air Force of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Ma Xiaotian (L) speaks to Commander of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Wu Shengli in this file photo. Photo: REUTERS
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Tokyo does not own Sea of Japan, China's air force chief says

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China's air force chief defended military maneuvers in the Sea of Japan, saying the waters did not belong to Tokyo, after a Japanese defense review warned of increasing Chinese military activity there.

Japan worries that China's probing of its air defenses is part of a push to extend its military influence in the East China Sea and western Pacific, where Japan controls an island chain stretching 1,400 km (870 miles) south towards Taiwan.

In an annual defense white paper released on Tuesday, Japan said the number of its jet scrambles against Chinese aircraft hit a record in the year to March 2017.

It warned that Chinese naval and air force activities in the Sea of Japan could pick up pace.

"The Sea of Japan is not Japan's sea," People's Liberation Army Air Force Commander Ma Xiaotian said, in response to a question at a military event in the northeastern city of Changchun.

"We must carry out drills at sea. China's air force cannot simply guard on land and not go out," Ma said in a report broadcast by Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television, which was posted to the air force's official microblog late the same day.

"But (activities) in the Sea of Japan are still not that many. What they have said is a bit of an exaggeration."

Tokyo's ties with Beijing have long been plagued by a territorial dispute over a group of tiny, uninhabited East China Sea islets and the legacy of Japan's wartime aggression.

The Sea of Japan separates Japan from the Korean peninsula. China said in July that its navy had the right to pass though a strait linking it with the Pacific Ocean, after one of its warships entered the area.

Increasing activity by China's rapidly modernising military has boosted tension in East Asia since the start of the year, as North Korea persists with ballistic missile and nuclear bomb tests that have stoked fears in Japan, the United States and elsewhere.

© Thomson Reuters 2017.

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Chinese politics act like that because nobody stop them.

From the moment someone do something to prevent their invasion, Chinese will not do such thing anymore. I still remember a video where Chinese went to Russian waters claiming that area was their. After the Russian Coast guard destroyed their ship, they never went back to that place anymore.

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Using China's broken logic, the Sea of Japan does not belong to Japan but the South China Sea belongs to China.

It's too bad that China being a complete sociopath can not see just how stupid its own statements are.

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Japan is not claiming that the Sea of Japan belongs to Japan, the way China is claiming that the South China Sea belongs to China. China is the next door neighbor from Hell, poking around other countries' to establish routes to break the Island Chains. That following the South China Sea, their intention is to claim the East China Sea as theirs is obvious. Where does it end? Does China intend to claim Okinawa? Japan does not send it's warships near the Chinese coastline, and China should behave the same way.

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chinese logic:

What mine is mine, what's yours is mine

It's ok when we do it, but not when you do it

You own nothing, we own all

We can copy anything we like, we don't recognise your intellectual property and we prefer for you to pay for all the R&D before we "Invent it"?

If we could get away with it, we would start a war that would make WW2 look like a pub fight

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It's easy to fix, just arrange joint US/Japan/Malaysian/Philippine et al Naval excercises in the South China Sea based on their same BS logic. When they whine about, and they will like the spoilt children they are, just give em the exact same reply and see if they enjoy their cr@p shovelled back at them. Their reasoning is so pathetic it really could only be for domestic propaganda consumption. Poor Chinese masses being conned into keeping an unelected elitist regime going.

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i thought inada was bad, but the new guy seems determined too.

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Japan should probably renounce their claim to Dokdo island and instead seek a more cooperate approach toward the Korean Peninsula in order to counter China's growing hegemony in Asia? To collaborate is the only opportunity to curb China. Give, and have safety and reliability from the Korean Peninsula returned.

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Reminds me when China recently sent a ship down to Australia to monitor the annual wargames (which was ok because it was "in international waters"), but any flights (freedom of navigation) through the South China Sea in international airspace are not ok !

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China being a bully, not a surprise. Japan enabling China through companies there, is

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I remember when a US military plane went so close to Chinese territory it actually landed onto Chinese land.

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China is 100% correct, Japan does not own the Sea of Japan, it shares it with Russia and both North and South Korea. It's good that they recognize that one Country can't own a Sea, even if the Sea bares that Country's name. Hopefully this signals a recognition that they are willing to agree that the Sea of China is likewise shared with it's bordering Nations too.

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China is communist. The people have no voice. Mao killed more people than maybe anyone in history, including Hitler. Many more. Stalin, etc. other communists are at the top of murdering dictators too. No, I don't trust China.

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1) Correct - Tokyo does not own Sea of Japan; Japan does.

2) If China can say Japan does not own Sea of Japan, then Japan can say China does not own the China Sea. See how the Chinese like the same logic applied equally.

3) Sorry Japan, but this is exactly what happens when you let someone (anyone) get away with encroachment the first time. Japan has a long history of barking and not biting. You let Chinese ships casually come and go thru your waters, jets fly borderline in your airspace (or into it). What's next, allowing a continent of Chinese soldiers "visit" one of your islands, too?

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Chinese ships in the Sea of Japan?

No sweat!

There is no territorial dispute between Japan and China in that region.

With Beijing still possessing antiquated ships and naval strategy by US and Japanese standards there is a legitimate need for them to test their skills and sail their boats further.

What's the fuzz?

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Bring it on China...you're not as strong as you like to think you are.

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Correct - Tokyo does not own Sea of Japan; Japan does.

Don't think so. It's shared between The Koreas, Russia and Japan.

China aren't stating anything radical here.

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Kind of like the "English Channel" isn't it? The strip of sea that separates England and France. Since the ocean between Japan, the Koreas, China, Taiwan isn't owned by any one country, there is surely no problem with China doing war games there, is there? Or the US - the US does war games there after all. The "arms race" is such a waste of time and energy. The only people who benefit are the arms manufacturers and those who receive bribes from them.

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Mitsuo Matsuyama's story sounds refreshing after the whole news about china bullying all these years

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There it comes how US wants Japan to be a barrier against China to access the Pacific. Or was it initially intended to block off the Russians? The Pacific doesn't belong to anyone either.

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Pukey2Today 10:54 am JSTI remember when a US military plane went so close to Chinese territory it actually landed onto Chinese land.

No, the US EP-3 flying over International Waters was FORCED to make an emergency landing on Hainan Island because a Chinese fighter playing chicken crashed into it, destroying the Chinese fighter and killing the pilot in the process.

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Just another thought... one does wonder, what an Air Force General is doing making comments about something that is related to a Sea Admirals area of specialty, unless of course he's looking to make a move and push aside someone who holds that position.... internal Chinese Politics at play perhaps ?

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It's just so unfortunate that China continues on with this sort of BS while the NK situation degenerates day by day which could potentially result in millions of deaths in SK and Japan, which I get the feeling China would welcome with happiness.

Due to the pure hatred and hostility of China, I am more and more convinced that Japan might need to nuke up to ward off the Commie threat

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Well as long as people continue to buy Chinese Junk and have a lot of things built there, the Chinese are going to continue to try and get to the top!

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Pukey2Aug. 12 10:54 am JSTI remember when a US military plane went so close to Chinese territory it actually landed onto Chinese land.

It was a P-3 patrol plane and it was FORCED down by Chinese interceptors.  It did not willingly land onto Chinese land as you imply.

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mmwkdwAug. 12 12:00 pm JSTChina is 100% correct, Japan does not own the Sea of Japan, it shares it with Russia and both North and South Korea. It's good that they recognize that one Country can't own a Sea, even if the Sea bares that Country's name. Hopefully this signals a recognition that they are willing to agree that the Sea of China is likewise shared with it's bordering Nations too.

Oh?  Then why has China built three military bases that has naval, air, radar and missile-defense facilities capable of deploying combat aircraft and mobile missile launchers? 

Make no mistake: China is claiming full sovereignty and control of the South China Sea and built those military bases to assert that sovereignty.

But it's "acceptable and allowable" for China to base military forces in that region....or any region....but not acceptable for U.S. military presence in Okinawa and Japan, eh?

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His remarks was very normal due to the concerns of Japanese naval harasment of Chinese ships and planes at the Seaof Japan or other transit when the Chinese navy en route to the Russian port Valdivostok. The japanese air force frequent scrambling their F15s was a very annoying sabre rattling in the west Pacific by declaring their recognition zone in the international airspace.

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elephant200Aug. 13 12:10 pm JSTHis remarks was very normal due to the concerns of Japanese naval harasment of Chinese ships and planes

If China kept their planes and ships away from other countries there'd be no problem. And the Japanese military are restrained and don't "harass" others as the PLA air force and navy does.

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