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Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)
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).
After growing up and studying in China and Japan, Dr. Suganuma went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning master’s degrees at both St. John's University (in Chinese studies) and Syracuse University (in international relations) as well as a Ph.D. (in geography) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.