Saturday, January 12, 2013
China vs. Japan: Chinese J-10 vs. Japanese F-15/The Diaoyu/Senkaku-XXIII
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).