Friday, December 31, 2010
When Admiral Gary Roughead, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations visited China to participle in the celebration of the Chinese navy’s 60th anniversary in Qingdao in April 2009, a reporter asked a question regarding China’s plan to build its first aircraft carrier. “The advert of an aircraft carrier on the part of the PLA navy, to me, really doesn’t change the nature of our operations at all (China Daily).” He added, “The real issue is: how are those aircraft carriers used, and what is the intent of that capability (Washington Post)?” At the same time, the Japanese media reported China’s first aircraft carrier. However, soi-disant “China threat” is the main theme for Japanese journalists (Kyodo News). Of course, the U.S. would not worry about one aircraft carrier from China because the American navy has more than a dozen aircraft carriers. The Japanese would not need to worry about the Chinese aircraft carrier if Japan never did anything wrong (including many issues since 1894) to the Chinese. Do discussions regarding the so called “China threat” indicate that the Japanese acknowledge their wrongdoings and fear Chinese revenge?