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Sunday, February 17, 2013

China vs. Japan: Two Chinese Generals Are Speaking Out

It is unusual for military generals to speak about “war” in any country. Sometime between Xi Jinping taking power in the Chinese commission and the beginning of February, two current generals of the Chinese military spoke in the meetings of the military. Their speeches were leaked out, summarized and published in Chinese media including the Global Times and People’s Daily in the beginning of February. One is Qi Jinguo, Vice-Chairman of the General Staff Headquarter of the PLA, and the other is Liu Yuan, son of Liu Shaoqi, Political Commissar of the General Logistics Department of the PLA. The former insisted that China cannot loss an inch territory regardless of the circumstance (PLA net 4 February 2013). The latter emphasized that Japan, once again (similar to in 1894 and 1930s), is trying to interrupt Chinese modernization. This time, Japan, along with the US, might disrupt Chinese wishes. Therefore, the military must be aware and prepare for war (Global Times 4 February 2013). By now, the Chinese side is ready to act; however, is Japan ready?

Source: Qi Jinguo from Ministry of Defense in China (access date: 17 February 2013).

Source: Liu Yuan from (access date: 17 February 2013).

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