Sunday, January 27, 2013
Hugh White from National University in Australia published a recent article about the Sino-Japanese territorial issue. He argued that both China and Japan might engage in military conflict, which might also bring the US and other nations into a full-blown war with each other (Chicago News Bench 28 December 2012). White asserts that year 2013 might have China and Japan face military conflict in the East China Sea. Similarity, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) also published its annual report which indicates that both countries will enter a highly unstable period in 2013, thanks in part to US meddling in the Asian Region (Antiwar.com 31 December 2012). By the end of December, some Japanese scholars found that a Chinese diplomatic draft written in 1950, a few months from establishing the PRC, recognized the disputed islands as part of Liuqiu Islands (Japan Economic Newswire 28 December 2012). However, the Chinese government dismissed the claim.
Source: Hugh White from The Australian.com.au (access date: 27 January 2013).
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
“In 2013, the goal set for the entire army and the People’s Armed Police force is to bolster their capabilities to fight and their ability to win a war …. to be well-prepared for a war by subjecting the army to hard and rigorous training on an actual combat basis (South China Morning Post 15 January 2013), stated in the directive report. Since the 1980s, the Chinese government has not used “Dazhang,” meaning “go to war,” in any Chinese military official media until 14 January 2013. The General Staff Headquarters of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) issued “the directive on military training in 2013” to the Chinese military. According to the no-more-than-1,000-words directive Dazhang has been mentioned over ten times. It urges its commanders and soldiers to strengthen their readiness for possible war (PLA web 15 January 2013). “All servicemen and servicewomen should always bear in mind the awareness of war and the sense of crisis (PLA Daily 14 January 2013).” It is unusual for using Dazhang in Chinese military newspaper unless there is an important message from the Beijing regime. It is clearly that the Chinese have made their mind in the East China Sea. “If we are attacked, we will certainly counterattack (China Military Online 16 January 2013).
Source: Ebay.com (access date: 17 January 2013).
Saturday, January 12, 2013
It is unusual for the Ministry of the Chinese Defense to report something unless there is an important message from the Beijing regime. On 27 December 2012, Defense Ministry in Beijing held a press briefing lead by the spokesman Yang Yujun. As a reporter asked about the issue on Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter jets’ recent interception of a Chinese marine surveillance plane patrolling the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, he responded “We will decisively fulfill our tasks and missions while coordinating with relevant departments such maritime supervision organs, so as to safeguard China’s maritime law enforcement activities and protect the country’s territorial integrity and maritime right (China’s Defense Ministry Press Briefings 27 December 2012).” Sino-Japanese territorial disputes in the East China Sea have entered into a new phrase. During the first phrase, the Baodiao group from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China tried to land on the Diaoyu Islands (i.e., the Chinese private citizens vs. the Japanese government). During the second phrase, the Chinese government announced the baseline of the Diaoyu Islands officially and sent marine patrol ships and a surveillance plane to the disputed area in the East China Sea (i.e., Chinese government vs. Japanese government). During the third phrase, the military officially announced that it will carry out “tasks and missions” to safeguard Chinese territory (i.e., Chinese military vs. Japanese Self-Defense Forces). What will be the next? War is the only possible next step unless both sides work together for a diplomatic solution and stop misunderstanding each other. As Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun stated on December 28, “We hope for a stable and peaceful surrounding environment, we will not create troubles, but we definitely not fear any trouble (Xinhua News 28 December 2012).” By 10 January 2013, both the Chinese J-10 and the Japanese F-15 have faced each other in the sky of the East China Sea. What will be the next?
Source: J-10 from Takungpao (access date: 15 January 2013).
Source: F-15 from yahoo.co.jp news (access date: 15 January 2013).
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Today, four major countries: the US, EU, Russia, and China, have begun to develop new navigation systems. Currently, over 80 percent of navigation systems have been dominated by GPS, which was created by the US. By the end of December 2012, the Chinese Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) started service in the Asian-Pacific Region. Beidou, Compass in Chinese, is the Chinese indigenous global navigation satellite system, which is similar to EU’s Galileo system, the US’s GPS, and Russian Glonass (Global Times 19 November 2012). China launched the first satellite for the BDS in 2000, and expected to expand its market inside of China about 70-80 percent by 2020 (China Daily 27 December 2012). Interestingly, in the middle of December, the Chinese airplane from the marine coastal guard patrolled the Diaoyu Islands without any notice by either the Japanese SDF or American military forced in suggesting that China has been using its Beidou system to operate in the East China Sea.
Source: Xinhua News (Access date: 9 January 2013).