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#1 key2thecup

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:21 PM

Japan scrambles jets in dispute with China over islands

BEIJING -- Japan scrambled F-15 fighter jets Thursday in response to a Chinese surveillance plane that flew over contested islands in the East China Sea, ratcheting up a dispute that is becoming increasingly worrisome to the international community.

By the time the fighters from Okinawa reached the area, the plane belonging to the Chinese Oceanic Administration had flown away and the incident ended without a confrontation.

Nonetheless, it set nerves on edge around the region. Japan's Defense Ministry said it was the first time a Chinese plane had intruded into airspace the Japanese have claimed since at least 1958, although Chinese vessels have frequently been darting into the waters near the islands, known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese.

Chief Cabinet secretary Osamu Fujimura said Japan had lodged an official protest and summoned the Chinese ambassador in Tokyo.

"It is extremely deplorable that China's official airplane conducted an airspace invasion of Japan’s territory today, on top of their intrusion of territorial waters," he said in a statement.

The sparring over the uninhabited islands in recent months has become increasingly alarming, with nationalistic fervor rising in the midst of political transitions in both countries. The Chinese Communist Party’s new general secretary, Xi Jinping, installed just a month ago, has been trying to prove himself a staunch defender of Chinese sovereignty.

In campaigning ahead of Japan’s general election on Sunday, opposition leader and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been talking tough about China in hopes of getting his old job back. He has called for an amendment to Japan’s pacifist constitution that would expand the nation's Self-Defense Forces.

"Nationalism is a tool that many Asian leaders have abused for their political purposes," warned Lee Chung-min, a professor of international relations at Yonsei University in Seoul, speaking this week a security conference in the South Korean capital.

For their part, Chinese officials defended what they said was their right to fly the surveillance plane into the area.

"I want to stress that these activities are completely normal. The Diaoyu and its affiliated islands are China's inherent territory since ancient times," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in Beijing.

The Chinese plane was reported by Tokyo to have flown nine miles south of the largest island in the chain, Uotsuri Jima. The Japanese Defense Ministry said there had only been two other violations of the country's airspace since it began keeping records in 1958, one by a Soviet plane and another from Taiwan.

An intrusion by an airplane is potentially far more dangerous than one by a ship because international law gives a country the right to expel an unauthorized aircraft by force.
Also, the incident occurred on a sensitive date on the Chinese calendar, marking the 75th anniversary of the start of a massacre by Japanese troops who had occupied the Chinese city of Nanjing in the lead-up to World War II.

Memorial services were being held Thursday in the city, previously known as Nanking, for hundreds of thousands of victims of the massacre.

http://www.latimes.c...0,5573744.story



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Japan accuses China of airspace intrusion over islands

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Japan has accused China of violating its airspace for the first time after a Chinese government plane flew near disputed East China Sea islands.

Fighter jets were scrambled after the plane was seen around 11:00 local time (02:00 GMT) near one of the islands, spokesman Osamu Fujimura said.

Japan lodged an immediate protest with Beijing, he said.

The islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, have been a long-standing source of tension.

A total of eight F-15 fighters were sent after reports of the presence of the plane, which belong to China's State Oceanic Administration - a state body tasked with law enforcement in Chinese waters.
Japan's defence ministry said it was the first intrusion into Japan's air space by a Chinese government aircraft since the military began keeping records in 1958.

Last year, Japan said two Chinese military planes flew near the area, but did not enter the country's airspace.

'Normal'

Mr Fujimura called the incident "extremely deplorable", saying it followed a report from the coast guard that Chinese surveillance ships had also been seen in waters near the islands earlier in the day.

"It is extremely regrettable that, on top of that, an intrusion into our airspace has been committed in this way," he said.

The Chinese ambassador in Tokyo had been summoned to hear a formal Japanese protest, he said.
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, however, said during a regular news briefing that the plane's flight was "completely normal".

"The Diaoyu islands and affiliated islands are part of China's inherent territory," he said. "The Chinese side calls on Japan to halt all entries into water and airspace around the islands."

Japan controls the islands, which are also claimed by Taiwan. Close to strategically important shipping lanes, the waters around the islands also offer rich fishing grounds and are thought to contain oil deposits.

The dispute over their ownership has rumbled for years but the Japanese government's acquisition of three of the islands from their private Japanese owner in September sparked a renewed row, triggering a diplomatic chill and public protests in some Chinese cities.

Since then Chinese ships have been sailing in and out of waters around the islands, prompting warnings from Japan.

It is not clear whether this is a move by the Chinese side to escalate the dispute, or a one-off event designed to remind Japan of unsettled history, says the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo.
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the start of the Nanjing massacre, where Japanese troops killed tens of thousands of Chinese civilians in China's old capital, Nanjing, in 1937.

The incident also comes days before a Japanese general election thought likely to result in a change of government in Tokyo.



China's dangerous game

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes BBC News, Tokyo

This looks very much like a carefully calibrated escalation by China of the island dispute.
The plane flown over the disputed islands was small, propeller-driven and non-military. When challenged by Japanese fighter jets, the pilots of the Chinese plane replied that it was Chinese airspace and the Japanese planes should leave. China's plan appears to be to gradually establish a de facto presence in the waters, and now the airspace, around the disputed islands.

Eventually Beijing may believe it will lead to de facto control. The statement from China's foreign ministry certainly seems to back this up. It called on Japan to "halt all entries in to water and airspace around the islands".

But if Beijing thinks Japan will capitulate in the same way the Philippines has over Scarborough Shoal atoll in the South China Sea, it is almost certainly wrong. Tokyo has made it very clear it will not give up the islands. Japan has a large and powerful navy and air force. This is a game with high stakes and is potentially extremely dangerous.


Japan-China disputed islands
  • The archipelago consists of five islands and three reefs
  • Japan, China and Taiwan claim them; they are controlled by Japan and form part of Okinawa prefecture
  • Japanese businessman Kunioki Kurihara owned three of the islands but sold them to the Japanese state in September
  • The islands were also the focus of a major diplomatic row between Japan and China in 2010
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China asks army to be ready for regional war

China said it was normal for its marine surveillance aircraft to fly over the disputed Diaoyu islands after Japan scrambled fighter jets to intercept the Chinese aircraft early on Thursday.

Within hours of the incident, Communist Party of China (CPC) general secretary was quoted by the state media as ordering the largest armed forces in the world, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to be ready to win “regional wars.”


China and Japan are locked in a dispute over the ownership of the Diaoyu (which the Japanese call Senkaku) islands in the East China Sea but it was for the first time that aircraft from both countries were involved in the row.

Thursday also marked the 75th anniversary of the beginning of an episode known as the Nanjing Massacre, when the Japanese Imperial Army troops entered Nanjing, the then-Chinese capital and triggered large-scale violence.

Earlier in the day, eight Japanese F-15 fighter jets flew out after a Japanese coast guard ship spotted the Chinese aircraft over the islands.

Agencies from Tokyo said four maritime surveillance vessels were logged in waters around the islands earlier in the day, the coastguard said, adding it had ordered them to leave.

Such confrontations have become commonplace since Japan nationalized the East China Sea islands in September, a move it insisted amounted to nothing more than a change of ownership of what was already Japanese territory.

But Beijing later dismissed the incident.

“The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islets are an inalienable part of China’s territory, and it’s completely normal for a Chinese marine surveillance plane to fly over them,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular press conference in Beijing.

He also urged Japan to stop its illegal operations in the waters and space concerning the islands.
Hong pointed out that the current severe difficulties in China-Japan relations are the result of Japan’s illegal purchase of the Diaoyu Islands, and he called on the Japanese government to correct its mistakes by showing sincerity and taking action through dialogue and negotiation.

Meanwhile, Xi also the head of the powerful Central Military Commission has ordered the PLA to intensify its “real combat” awareness to win regional wars, state-run Xinhua reported on Thursday.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:25 PM

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:30 PM

anymilitary action used between the two countries will not resolve in any peaceful resolution.......diplomacy and negotiations is the best solution.......this could get ugly

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:02 PM

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:53 AM

I guess the bad blood can never truly be forgotten.
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Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:17 PM

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:38 PM

Without the U.S aid Japan would be toast against any Chinese provocation. Japan's saving grace is US as its ally!
That include S.Korea. Without their reliance on US protection S Korea & Japan would be under Chinese occupation
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 12:57 PM

Without the U.S aid Japan would be toast against any Chinese provocation. Japan's saving grace is US as its ally!
That include S.Korea. Without their reliance on US protection S Korea & Japan would be under Chinese occupation


There needs to be a North Pacific Treaty Organization. (Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Burma, India and even Taiwan welcome!)
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:22 PM

There needs to be a North Pacific Treaty Organization. (Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Burma, India and even Taiwan welcome!)


That would be one way for the less powerful southeast asian states to counter China's growing influence. Japan and S.K should be apart of that. India, Im sure would love to be a part of that although I would doubt they would join as to not upset China-India relations since they already have their own domestic problems with China. China-India border dispute, Pakistan-India border dispute which the Chinese favor Pakistan in both relations and economic aid as well as weaponry and covert ops.

Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Burma & Taiwan pact.
VS
China, North Korea pact.

Although Im not very knowledged on how relations are between these countries and past history to even make this possible.

Another factor is the "US Pivot" strategy that's now in play.

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:47 AM

Google (sino Japanese war) and you know why , China will not back down, even if USA decides to help Japan, which is suicide for USA. There is no way in hell, China is going to yield one mm of land to the Japanese, based on how Japan treated Japan in China during that time. No bloody way. China is ready to go war. 70 years later, is a different story. China has been ridiculed, humilated and embarrased by Japan during the 2 sino Japanese war.

It's pretty much.

"there no f in way you guys are taking those islands"

I totally understand Japan's stance on this too. But looking in the Chinese point of view, there's no f in way they will back down this time. USA can help Japan if they want, but USA cannot afford a conflict with China. But in the end, I know both countries don't want war. China is really just flexing it's muscle, and won't go to war to Japan. It's really sad, 2 great countries, might to to war. But they wont. Japan is a very strong country too, if both countries go to war, it will be very costly for both sides.
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 05:37 PM

Google (sino Japanese war) and you know why , China will not back down, even if USA decides to help Japan, which is suicide for USA. There is no way in hell, China is going to yield one mm of land to the Japanese, based on how Japan treated Japan in China during that time. No bloody way. China is ready to go war. 70 years later, is a different story. China has been ridiculed, humilated and embarrased by Japan during the 2 sino Japanese war.

It's pretty much.

"there no f in way you guys are taking those islands"

Japan is a very strong country too, if both countries go to war, it will be very costly for both sides.


Japan is not a very strong country MILITARILY. They'd be called China if not for American's bases stationed in Okinawa.
Without USA to help them China would invade in less than a day. Have you seen the Japanese military? It's worse than Canada's
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:13 PM

there's only one way to settle this for them...

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:50 PM

Still a lot of bitter feeings about WW2 no doubt. Unimaginable atrocities.
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:12 PM

Google (sino Japanese war) and you know why , China will not back down, even if USA decides to help Japan, which is suicide for USA. There is no way in hell, China is going to yield one mm of land to the Japanese, based on how Japan treated Japan in China during that time. No bloody way. China is ready to go war. 70 years later, is a different story. China has been ridiculed, humilated and embarrased by Japan during the 2 sino Japanese war.

It's pretty much.

"there no f in way you guys are taking those islands"

I totally understand Japan's stance on this too. But looking in the Chinese point of view, there's no f in way they will back down this time. USA can help Japan if they want, but USA cannot afford a conflict with China. But in the end, I know both countries don't want war. China is really just flexing it's muscle, and won't go to war to Japan. It's really sad, 2 great countries, might to to war. But they wont. Japan is a very strong country too, if both countries go to war, it will be very costly for both sides.


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Posted 17 December 2012 - 08:54 PM

That would be one way for the less powerful southeast asian states to counter China's growing influence. Japan and S.K should be apart of that. India, Im sure would love to be a part of that although I would doubt they would join as to not upset China-India relations since they already have their own domestic problems with China. China-India border dispute, Pakistan-India border dispute which the Chinese favor Pakistan in both relations and economic aid as well as weaponry and covert ops.

Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Burma & Taiwan pact.
VS
China, North Korea pact.

Although Im not very knowledged on how relations are between these countries and past history to even make this possible.

Another factor is the "US Pivot" strategy that's now in play.


Most people don't know that South Korean nationalists may hate the Japanese even more than Chineses nationalists. This is also the result of Japanese war time atrocities in the past two centuries. To this day the Japanese government has not recognized these atrocities.
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:12 PM

Chinas power is overrated IMO.

Superior numbers alone have proven time and time again to not be a deciding factor in battles or wars. The people's determination, moral, supply, equipment and strategy are all key factors which can turn a battle regardless of superior numbers.

If anything goes down I place my bet on the Japanese all day long. They have proven to be ferocious opponents and I dont buy into the hype that china is a superpower. It's all fictitious talk mainly based on population density.

China has outnumbered Japan many times through history and failed miserably. I see nothing that would change that now, not even with their recent technological advancements.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:51 AM

Without the U.S aid Japan would be toast against any Chinese provocation. Japan's saving grace is US as its ally!
That include S.Korea. Without their reliance on US protection S Korea & Japan would be under Chinese occupation

Japan is not a very strong country MILITARILY. They'd be called China if not for American's bases stationed in Okinawa.
Without USA to help them China would invade in less than a day. Have you seen the Japanese military? It's worse than Canada's


Japan spends about 46 billion in their "military" each year, about 0.9% of their GDP. China spends 2% of their GDP at 98 billion, but considering how much more area China needs to cover, how much more personnel they have and how much R&D is required... they're pretty much on par.
Japan has about 300,000 active and reserved personnel vs China's 4,000,000..... each Japanese soldier is better armed and better trained.

As for technology, my faith is with Japan. Companies like Mitsubishi, Kawasaki, NEC, Toshiba.... brands we actually have heard of. Can you name any Chinese supplier? I certainly can't.
The Japanese have mechanized/computerized their armed forces.... the Chinese are still waiting to actually provide quality non-counterfeit weapons and equipments to their troops.

While China do have a stockpile of nuclear weapons, Japan is basically a nuclear member already. IIRC, they can produce nukes within 3 months if they wanted to, just they rather not.
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:42 PM

Japan is not a very strong country MILITARILY. They'd be called China if not for American's bases stationed in Okinawa.
Without USA to help them China would invade in less than a day. Have you seen the Japanese military? It's worse than Canada's


Just to thoroughly counter this:

Canadian Forces
Active personnel: 70,000
Reserve personnel: 45,000

Navy
12 Halifax Class frigates (multi-purpose)
3 Iroquois Class destroyers (air defense)
4 Victoria Class submarines

Army
150 artillery pieces
2700 armoured vehicles (LAV's and APC's mostly)
200 MBT's

Air Force
391 aircraft
100 CF-18s
Various multi-purpose helicopters, transport aircraft

Japanese Self-Defense Forces
Active personnel: 250,000
Reserve personnel: 60,000

Navy
4 helicopter destroyers (anti-submarine)
8 guided missile destroyers (6 AEGIS)
30 various frigates
16 various submarines

Army
1000 artillery pieces (500 self-propelled)
3000 armoured vehicles (LAV's, APC's)
900 MBT's
Massive SAM, ATGM, ASM missile arsenal

Air Force
805 aircraft
100 F-2s (F-16's)
200 F-15's
100 F-4's
Various transports, helicopters

The Japanese military is incredibly well-trained, capable, and geared entirely for defense. The Canadian military looks pathetic next to it. Without help they could hold off a Chinese attack. With help from allies they'd swat China away.
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 02:42 PM

Japan is not a very strong country MILITARILY. They'd be called China if not for American's bases stationed in Okinawa.
Without USA to help them China would invade in less than a day. Have you seen the Japanese military? It's worse than Canada's


Disagree. Japan is a very strong country. One of the strongest actually. They can hold off an invasion from China.

he Japanese have mechanized/computerized their armed forces.... the Chinese are still waiting to actually provide quality non-counterfeit weapons and equipments to their troops.

While China do have a stockpile of nuclear weapons, Japan is basically a nuclear member already. IIRC, they can produce nukes within 3 months if they wanted to, just they rather not.


To some extent I also disagree with you too. You are underestimating China's army. Despite not as equipped, China for the past 10 years have been focusing on Milatery modernization. I highly doubt they will have any counterfeit weapons in their arsenal. This is useless, and pointless to have counterfeit stuff in the milatery. sure maybe they have taken other's technology and copy it in some way and modified it. The qbz95 is the PLA's main rifle. Also since 1989, China has been developing their own weapons as there is a arms ban against China. You can't counterfiet weapons bro, stop accusing China as a counterfit country. it's gets tiring real fast.

But Japan's army is probably better trained and better equip. This is no surprise. Look what they did in ww2.
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:24 PM

China ‘locks radar’ on Japanese navy vessel and helicopter as island dispute intensifies

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In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, Chinese navy vessels take part in a drill in Zhoushan in east China's Zhejiang province.

TOKYO — Japan on Tuesday accused Chinese navy vessels of locking a weapons-targeting radar on a Japanese destroyer and helicopter amid escalating territorial disputes between the Asian powers.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera accused Chinese navy vessels of using the weapons radar in two incidents last month, on Jan. 19 and Jan. 30. He said it happened in the East China Sea, suggesting it was near disputed islands controlled by Japan but also claimed by China. He did not give an exact location.

Onodera said the action could have led to a dangerous situation. Shots were not fired on either occasion.

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“It is extremely abnormal to use such fire-control radar, or radar for (weapons) firing,” he told reporters in an emergency briefing. “The incident could have led to a dangerous situation in case of a misstep.”

“We will sternly call on the Chinese side to refrain from such dangerous acts,” he added.

Chinese maritime surveillance vessels have repeatedly entered Japanese-claimed waters around the islands since last September, when Japan’s government nationalized some of the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. The purchase triggered violent protests across China.

Japan’s Foreign Ministry lodged a formal protest with China earlier Tuesday through the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo and the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, officials said. China said it would look into the alleged incidents, according to Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

Onodera said Japan waited to report the incidents because it took time to verify the source and nature of the radar allegedly used by the Chinese frigates.



http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/02/05/japan-accuses-chinese-navy-vessels-of-using-weapons-radar-on-ship-and-helicopter-as-territorial-dispute-intensifies/





Barbs between China, Japan persist over disputed islands

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe delivers a speech on February 2, 2013 on Okinawa near the disputed islands.


STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • China rejects complaints about its navy patrols by Japan
  • Japan had accused China of using radar to track a Japanese ship and helicopter
  • Taiwan, China and Japan are disputing a group of islands
  • China says it is patrolling its waters near the islands
(CNN) -- China's ambassador to Japan is rejecting Tokyo's protest over the patrol of Chinese navy ships near a group of islands disputed by Japan, China and Taiwan.

Japan accused the Chinese navy of using radar to gather information on the location of a Japanese escort vessel and a helicopter. The type of radar used could be used to produce data needed to fire upon the Japanese equipment.

The Japanese foreign ministry summoned the Chinese ambassador for a meeting Tuesday to lodge a formal protest regarding the accusations.

The Chinese actions were unusual and one false step could lead to a dangerous situation, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onoder said Tuesday.

China countered that it has been conducting regular patrols in Chinese waters and asked Japan not to interfere.
"We think the top priority for now is for Japan to stop all provocative actions it has been doing as sending ships and flights into Diaoyu islands sea and air space," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said, referring to the disputed islands. "We hope Japan can take actions to show sincerity and willingness to work with China through talks and negotiations to control and manage the current situation."

The Japanese call the uninhabited islands the Senkakus. Near them are important shipping lanes, rich fishing grounds and possible oil deposits.

Disagreement over who owns them strained relations between Japan and China during the latter half of 2012, and the dispute shows no signs of waning.

In another show of force, China's navy conducted drills in the South China Sea over the weekend, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The drill included a scenario in which a helicopter crew identified a target and prepared to fire a missile, and another in which crews responded to a fire on a ship.

Protests flared across China in September, soon after Japan announced it had bought several of the disputed islands from private Japanese owners. The deal was struck in part to prevent the islands from being bought by Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, who had called for donations for a public fund to buy them.

China was outraged, as were protesters who marched through several Chinese cities calling for boycotts of Japanese products and urging the government to give the islands back.

In December, the dispute escalated when Japan scrambled fighter jets after a Chinese plane was seen near the islands. A number of Chinese ships have also entered contested waters despite warnings from the Japanese Coast Guard.

China says its ownership dates back hundreds of years. However, Japan claims that China ceded sovereignty of the islands in 1895 when it lost the Sino-Japanese war. Japan then sold the islands in 1932. During World War II, the United States administered the islands but returned them to Japan in 1972 as part of its withdrawal from Okinawa.

Taiwan, which Beijing regards as a breakaway province, also lays claim to the islands. But the self-governing island has seldom rigorously advanced its claims because of an unwillingness to risk its good relationship with Japan, said Alan Dupont, a strategic analyst at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

He said last year that Taiwan's decision to become more assertive was a response to actions taken by China and Japan in the second half of 2012, as well as concerns over access to fishing and marine resources.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/05/world/asia/china-japan-disputed-islands/


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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:02 PM

One of the major problem is that China thinks everything their civilization touched in the past in any way, shape or form belongs to China. They think the entire South China Sea belongs to them, basically violating the territories of Vietnam, the Philippines, etc.
Today they're want Senkaku, what's next tomorrow? There already has been one Chinese General that basically said Okinawa should belong to China since back in history, Ryukyu was a Chinese tributary.
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