Protesters march at an anti-Japan protest in Shenzhen,

Guangdong Province, Aug. 19. Beijing-approved protests have

broken out after Japanese landed on a disputed island.



China Must Show 'Courage of its Convictions' in Face of Japan-U.S. Hostility (Huanqiu, People's Republic of China)


Is Japan preparing for an armed conflict with China over territories claimed by both nations? And is Tokyo attempting to rope the United States into participating in such a conflict? This editorial from China's state-run Huanqiu argues that whatever the goals of Japan-U.S. war games that began today, if China has the 'courage of its convictions,' it will achieve its territorial goals while maintaining its relationships with the U.S. and Japan.




Translated By Casey Patrick Reilly


August 21, 2012


People’s Republic of China – Huanqiu – Original Article (Chinese)

A Japanese man, part of a small band of lawmakers and people described as 'nationalists,' after landing on one of the disputed Senkaku Islands - known as the Diaoyu Islands to China. The event has triggered mass protests and anger across China - as similar acts have done over recent decades. China asserts that Japan is preparing for a conflict and wants the U.S. involved.


EURONEWS, FRANCE: Tensions flare after Japanese land on an island also claimed by China, Aug. 20, 00:01:52RealVideo

According to Japanese media, starting today, the Japanese Self-Defense Force will participate with the American III Marine Expeditionary Force in a 37-day war game focused on “Island Capture Combat” on Guam and Tinian Island - the first time this island will serve as a location for war exercises.


On the eve of the exercises, the Japanese Defense Department announced that “this exercise is not aimed at any particular hypothetical enemy.” The backdrop hardly matters, the announcement may have been intentionally vague, and the intended targets unspoken, but the driving force behind them are closely tied to Japan’s new concept of East Asian security, based on the Japan-America Security Treaty, and is given added impetus by America’s strategy of “returning to the Asia-Pacific.”


A few months ago, during Japanese Prime Minister Noda’s visit to the United States, the two countries reached a consensus on strengthening military cooperation in the Western Pacific, to join forces to build a “network” to maintain their outdated security dominance. This exercise undoubtedly has very realistic aims - and a very symbolic meaning.

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Japan has made it clear that this exercise will serve to promote cooperation in the area of “dynamic defense.” The so-called “dynamic defense policy” was first put forward in Japan’s 2010 National Defense Program Guidelines, and outlines that Japan should pay special attention to force mobility and rapid-response capabilities to prevent “terrorist attacks” and “island invasions by an external force.” Japan is eager to master the long-range deployment of combat forces and develop their capacity for “island seizure warfare,” but what's behind the curtain? Japan’s Sankei Shimbun quoted one defense official who said, “This exercise is based on the scenario of a Chinese Army offensive launched to recapture the Diaoyu Islands.”


[Editor's Note: The Japanese defense official is unlikely to have used the term "Diaoyu Islands", as in Japan, they are called the Senkaku Islands].


Japan is doing everything it can to tie the Diaoyu Islands sovereignty dispute to the Japan-America Security Treaty, attempting to leverage external forces to put added pressure on China. Even if U.S. concern over the China-Japan territorial dispute is limited and its position vague, it does from time to time send signals of “deep concern” to Japan. This is a great underestimation of China’s firm and unbreakable will to maintain its sovereignty and territorial integrity.


This is clearly a bluff - and the stakes are high. Is it a petty trick intended to provoke China, or does it reflect a lack of strategic confidence? Both Japan and America presumably know the answer.  


There is little on earth more stubborn than stale ideas - and there are few pursuits more glorious than going beyond them.  


While on the path of peaceful development, one cannot ignore hostility, disregard the core interests of one's own country, or allow foreign interference to upset the pace of progress. This means maintaining a developmental momentum capable of smashing the existing power structure, while having a dedication and courage that will maintain the course of China's relationships.


As a rising superpower following a new path, it is no easy task to explore the innumerable possibilities of international relations. China needs firm confidence and sufficient courage of its convictions.



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