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American hegemony cannot bring security to Asia [People’s Daily]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, China, Diaoyu Islands, Encirclement of China, Japan, Pentagon, Philippines, South China Sea, US imperialism, USA on June 14, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

June 6, 2014

American defense secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a speech at the Shangri-La Defense Dialogue in Singapore on May 31st. In addition to defending America’s pivot to the Asia-Pacific region, he also declared that the Diaoyu islands fall under the mutual defense treaty with Japan and voiced support for Japan’s right to collective self-defense. Moreover, he placed emphasis on his criticism of China and made use of many threatening words.

In response to this irresponsible speech, the deputy chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Wang Guanzhong pointed out that Hagel’s speech was filled with terms that will incite unrest in Asia. China had not foreseen that Hagel would deliver such an offensive speech. His accusations against China were unreasonable.

In order to maintain its hegemony and enjoy an economic dividend from the rapid development of Asia, America has devised a series of new Asia-Pacific strategies such as “Back to Asia”, “Pivot to Asia” and “U.S. Asia-Pacific Re-balance Strategy” to expand its military presence in Asia. America’s so called “U.S. Asia-Pacific Re-balance Strategy” has increasingly aroused concern and anger among many of the countries affected on the one hand, and become the butt of criticism of influential strategists at home. We find ourselves in total disagreement with Hagel’s groundless accusations – he would do well to subject himself to similar critical analysis.

As is widely accepted, the Diaoyu Islands, Xisha, Zhongsha and the Nansha islands have formed an integral part of China’s territory since ancient times – there is no shortage of historical and legal evidence to support China’s claims. China has nevertheless shown great restraint and patience in its calls for regional peace and stability, even when confronted with unreasonable demands and provocation on the part of other countries. China has exercised military restraint over the issues concerning the Diaoyu Islands, Huangyan Island and even the Xisha islands. Meanwhile, Japan’s ‘Self-Defense Force’ jets have incessantly intruded into the East China Sea, far from the Diaoyu Islands to harass and threaten unarmed Chinese patrol aircraft.

Ships of the Philippine navy have harassed and threatened defenseless Chinese fishermen. Armed Vietnamese vessels have deliberately collided with Chinese government ships and fishing boats. China has never yet drilled a single oil well in the South China Sea, while countries such as Vietnam and Philippines have long been producing oil and gas in the area. We are curious about Hagel’s motives in directing his accusations against China, while ignoring the efforts and sacrifices made by China in the interests of regional peace and stability.

Hagel’s criticism of China as a ‘rule-breaker’ is a typical example of the hypocrisy of American politicians. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea has met with approval from more than 150 countries since it was passed some thirty years ago. In pursuit of its own interests America, the self-styled “world policeman” and “supreme power” did not join the convention. With its own history of double standards, America has no business agitating for international laws and rules and attacking other countries for not abiding by these international rules.

China is no longer the downtrodden victim that it may have been one hundred years ago. China has no intention of stirring up trouble, but it will not sacrifice core national interests. Even in the face of provocation from Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam, China remains tolerant and insists on peaceful settlement of disputes through bilateral negotiations. However, China is still forced to take counter-measures.

We hope the nations involved do not interpret our tolerance as a sign of weakness. We hope they will turn back to the path of solving disputes through negotiation. Moreover, we also wish that America would abide by its promise of not taking sides in sovereignty disputes in Asia. In this way regional peace and stability and the long-term interests of nations in the region can be secured.

The countries mentioned above would be considerably less presumptuous without the support of America. In this sense, America is the chief instigator of unrest in Asia. America’s insistence on its policy of hegemony offers nothing to Asian security and serves only to fuel disorder.

The article is edited and translated from《美国霸权带不来亚洲安全》, source: People’s Daily Overseas Edition, author: Zhang Junshe, a researcher with the Navy Military Academic Research Institute.

Article link: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/n/2014/0606/c98649-8737769.html

Japan/U.S. double dealing on Diaoyu Islands is a betrayal of history [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Diaoyu Islands, Encirclement of China, Japan, Obama, Pentagon, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War, World War II on May 14, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

May 6, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama assured Japan during a visit to the country that Washington was committed to its defense, and went on to indicate that the U.S.-Japan security treaty would apply to the disputed Diaoyu Islands. This extension of the U.S.-Japan security treaty to the Diaoyu Islands was a new first; it was confirmed by summit-level documents issued by Japan and the U.S.

Later, on April 30, a senior U.S. official emphasized that Obama’s commitment on the Diaoyu Islands should not be interpreted as a provocation to China. This is a standard U.S. approach, a political cliche, and nothing new. A similar position has previously been taken by other high-ranking U.S. officials, including the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense.

The reality is that these remarks are not only a provocation to China, but also a betrayal of America and China’s own history…

…In order to apply its so-called “Strategic Rebalancing in Asia” [aka “Pivot to Asia”], the U.S. has fallen into the trap of trying to constrain China. It is trying to take advantage of the U.S.-Japan alliance to make Japan an accomplice to its rebalancing strategy, constrain China’s peaceful rise, and force concessions on China’s core interests. At the same time, Japan is taking advantage of American greed to cause trouble around the historical issue, setting aside the peace constitution on collective self-defense, provoking its neighbors over territorial disputes, and reinstating the principle of arms exports. Japan’s conduct has caused concern to its neighbors, including China.

China’s peaceful rise will not be constrained by any other country. The U.S. and Japan will taste bitter fruits if they continue their betrayal of history.

The author is deputy director of the Chinese People’s Anti-Japanese War Memorial Hall

The article is edited and translated from美日私相授受钓鱼岛是背叛历史 , source: Global Times, Author:Li Zongyuan

Excerpted; full article link: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/98649/8618292.html

The U.S. and Japan are playing with fire in Asia – “Japan remains an American puppet” [People’s Daily]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, China, Diaoyu Islands, Encirclement of China, Japan, Obama, Pentagon, south Korea, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on April 29, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

April 28, 2014

People’s Daily Online

The U.S.-Japan alliance targeted at China has been strengthened during US President Barack Obama’s visit to Japan.

In a written interview with the Yomiuri Shimbun, Obama stated that the so-called “Senkakus” have been historically administered by Japan and fall under Article 5 of the Japan-US Security Treaty. “I commend Prime Minister Abe for his efforts to strengthen Japan’s defense forces and to deepen the coordination between our militaries, including by reviewing existing limits on the exercise of collective self-defense.” This is the first time that an incumbent US president has made such statements.

Obama added that US engagement with China “does not and will not be at the expense of Japan or any other ally”. He also requested Japan’s Self-Defense Forces “do more within the framework of our alliance”. Undoubtedly, the US is easing limits on Japan so that it can play a bigger role in constraining China, especially military roles.

A related issue is that Japan’s Internal Affairs and Communications Minister and about 150 Japanese lawmakers visited the Yasukuni war Shrine just a day before Obama’s visit. As we know, the US had expressed “disappointment” over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Yasukuni shrine visit last December. The “disappointment” came after condemnations from China and South Korea, which damaged the trilateral relationship between the US, Japan and South Korea.

It is now clear that the American “disappointment” was not prompted by any kind of genuine concern for this Japanese historical revisionism. The danger of this development in US-Japan relations lies in the possiblity of America’s encouragement of Japan’s rightward political shift in an effort to constrain China’s development.

America’s pursuit of its own private interests at the expense of postwar peace is encouraging Japan’s excesses. Is America not concerned about bringing troubles on itself? Of course not. Since the end of World War II, the US has maintained a military occupation of Japan, guaranteeing US control over the country. The incitement of Japanese actions against China is intended to constrain China and at the same time keep Japan in check, thus increasing its reliance on the US.

The US and Japan do have a divergence of views, but not on the Yasukuni Shrine visit nor on the rightward political shift. The issue concerns Japan’s pursuit of independence. The Japanese government lobbied hard to get the White House to agree on an official state visit, but Obama refused to stay at the guesthouse during his visit, which is the standard practice during state visits to Japan. Japan knows that if it does not perform in constraining China, it will gain no prestige with the America. Japan remains an American puppet.

The US and Japan are playing with fire in Asia. But the story is much more complicated, given China’s situation.

When asked if the U.S. would really use military force if the Chinese took action on the Diaoyu Islands. Mr. Obama said that the U.S.-Japan treaty was established before he was born, and is not subject to his interpretation. But he also said it would be a “profound mistake” to see continued escalation around this issue.

These words reflect Obama’s unease. As he said, the interests of the two countries are closely intertwined. China is not only a major power in Asia, but also in the world as a whole.

The US and Japan, both with profound interests in the Asia-Pacific region, will benefit nothing from stirring up trouble here.

The article is edited and translated from 《美日在玩火 且玩且忐忑》, Source: People’s Daily Overseas Edition, Author: Ren Weidong

Article link: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/98649/8611101.html

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See related articles on US, Japan, Diaoyu/Senkakku Islands, and Obama’s 2014 Asian junket:

“Obama criticized for Diaoyu Islands remarks” [China Daily] – http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2014-04/24/content_17458824.htm

“China denies U.S.-Japan alliance’s Diaoyu Islands bearing” [Xinhua] – http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-04/23/c_126426236.htm

China’s defense minister: neighbors are “stirring trouble” [Xinhua]

Posted in China, Diaoyu Islands, Encirclement of China, Japan, Nukes, Philippines, South China Sea, USA on April 15, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) — Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan said on Tuesday, when answering a question about the regional security situation, that there are some people “stirring up trouble” around China.

After bilateral talks, Chang and visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel jointly met with the media. Chang told journalists that he and Hagel discussed the regional situation during their talks.

After the reporter behind the question cited Japan and the Philippines, Chang said that a series of words and deeds by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government had not only seriously damaged China-Japan relations but also posed a threat to regional peace and tranquility.

The Japanese side not only confused right and wrong on historical issues but also stirred up trouble over the Diaoyu Islands, according to Chang, who stressed that Japan continues to stockpile nuclear materials far exceeding its actual normal needs.

He urged the international community to be on high alert on the increasingly rightist tilt in Japan.

Chang criticized the Philippines for its illegal occupation of some islands and reefs in the South China Sea, saying it is a miscalculation to propose international arbitration on the South China Sea issue under the guise of international law, as the Philippines has done.

China has repeatedly made clear its stance of neither accepting nor participating in such international arbitration, said the minister.

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-04/08/c_133246306.htm

Provocative remarks by US Pacific fleet commander fuel disputes with China [World Socialist Website]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, China, China-bashing, Diaoyu Islands, Encirclement of China, Hillary Clinton, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Obama, Pentagon, Philippines, Russia, South China Sea, Taiwan, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War, Vietnam on March 29, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Nick Beams
21 March 2014

The US has increased tensions over territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas, warning that a Crimea-like crisis could develop as a result of China’s “revanchist tendencies.”

Speaking at a meeting of the Jakarta International Defence Dialogue on Wednesday, in the presence of Chinese delegates and South-East Asian officials, the US Pacific Fleet commander, Admiral Harry Harris, pointed to the “global tensions caused by one neighbour against another in the Crimean Peninsula.”

Harris, who took up his post last October, added to his inflammatory remarks in an interview with the Financial Times on the sidelines of the conference. He said maritime tensions were at the highest point he had seen for thirty years because of what he called China’s “destabilising” influence.

“We welcome the rise of a strong and prosperous China that adheres to international norms,” he said. “What worries me though is China’s lack of transparency at times and their revanchist tendencies. I worry about that and I think it’s destabilising the region.”

The use of the term “revanchist” is significant. In diplomatic parlance it refers to a drive by a country to recover lost territory. In other words, China is accused of expansionist aims.

Replying to Harris, Sun Jianguo, the Chinese army deputy chief of general staff, rejected claims that China was responsible for increased tensions. Rather, it faced “pressing and immediate risks” because of provocations by other countries.

“We face so many disputes and some disputes are very thorny and difficult to tackle,” he said. In remarks directed at the United States, while not directly naming it, he continued: “In particular, some are trying to take advantage of these disputes to realise their own strategic objectives. Our goal is to make sure these disputes are properly managed and will not blow into conflict or war.”

The “strategic objectives” to which he referred are contained in the Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia, which is aimed at isolating China, diplomatically and militarily in the region, with the goal of ensuring continued US dominance.

This is what is meant by the American insistence that China must adhere to “international norms.” Its economic growth is to be “welcomed,” provided China remains subordinate to the geo-political and economic relationships dictated by the US.

The US is demanding that the territorial disputes in the South China Sea, which involve China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam, be dealt with on a multilateral basis so that Washington can intervene. China, by contrast, insists that the disputes be settled through bilateral negotiations.

The long-running territorial disputes—some have continued for more than three decades—were elevated from second-order issues into matters of global significance through the intervention of the US.

In mid-2010, even before the “pivot” was officially announced, Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state, declared that the US had a “national interest” in “freedom of navigation” in the South China, effectively giving support to Vietnam and the Philippines…

Excerpted; full article link: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/21/usch-m21.html

US secretary of state’s new round of bullying in Beijing [World Socialist Website]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, Beijing, China, China-bashing, China-US relations, Diaoyu Islands, DPR Korea, Hillary Clinton, Japan, Nukes, Pentagon, Philippines, South China Sea, State Department on February 17, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Chinese state media for the most part presented Kerry’s ‘diplomatic’ trip in a naively postive way, to the point of phoniness – Zuo Shou

US secretary of state’s new round of bullying in Beijing
By Peter Symonds
15 February 2014

As part of his tour of Asia, US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday met with Chinese leaders in Beijing in a new round of bullying designed to pressure China to toe the US line in Asia. Having deliberately inflamed dangerous flashpoints such as the Korean Peninsula and stoked territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas, as part of its “pivot” or “rebalance” to Asia, Washington is making provocative new demands on Beijing.

At the top of the list was North [sic] Korea. Speaking to the press after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kerry declared the China had to use “every tool at their disposal, all of the means of persuasion that they have” to compel North Korea to denuclearise. The US has repeatedly exploited North Korea’s nuclear programs as a means of pressuring Beijing, knowing full well that China is in a bind. It does not want the collapse of its neighbour and ally, but neither does it want a conflict on its border or a nuclear arms race in the region involving Japan.

Kerry’s message to China’s leaders was that they had to take far tougher measures against Pyongyang. Speaking in Seoul on Thursday, he declared: “No country has a greater potential to influence North Korea’s behaviour than China… All of the refined fuel that goes in to move every automobile and every airplane in North Korea comes from China. All of the fundamental rudimentary banking structure that the North has with the world passes through China.”

Kerry is suggesting that China should impose economic measures that could collapse the North Korean regime, with far-reaching ramifications throughout the region. If China is not prepared to haul Pyongyang into line, the US has already demonstrated on more than one occasion that it is willing to push the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war. Last April, the Obama administration responded to North Korea’s bellicose but empty threats over joint US-South Korean military exercises by provocatively flying nuclear-capable B-2 and B-52 bombers into South Korea.

Kerry also stepped up the pressure on China over its maritime disputes in the South China Sea and East China Sea with neighbouring states, including US allies the Philippines and Japan. In his comments yesterday in Beijing, staggering for their hypocrisy, Kerry called on China to “establish a calmer, more rule-of-law based, less confrontational regime” in relation to these disputes. He called for differences to be settled according to the international Law of the Sea—an agreement that the US has refused to ratify.

Kerry’s reference is not an accidental one. Previously the US has declared itself “neutral” in the various maritime disputes, insisting that it is only interested in ensuring “freedom of navigation.” Last week, however, Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel specifically questioned China’s claims in the South China Sea, saying they lacked any “apparent basis under international law” and were “fundamentally flawed.” The US is aligning itself with the claims of the Philippines and placing itself on a collision course with China…

…Encouraged by Washington, US allies took a far tougher stance in their maritime disputes with China. Philippine President Benigno Aquino, who has functioned as a point man for Washington’s provocations in South East Asia, earlier this month he likened the South China Sea to the disputed Sudetenland prior to the Hitler’s invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1938. This implied that China was acting like Nazi Germany. In Manila this week, US navy chief of operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert, did not distance himself from Aquino’s incendiary remarks, but instead declared “of course we will help you” when asked if the US would fight alongside the Philippines in the event of a Chinese attack…

Excerpted, full article link: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/15/kerr-f15.html

Also see: “Kerry’s Asian trip and the build-up to war with China” [World Socialist Website] – https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/17/pers-f17.html

“US-Japanese Militarism and China’s Air-Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over Disputed Islets. Pretext for Another Pacific War?” by Yoichi Shimatsu [Globalresearch.ca]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, China, China-bashing, China-US relations, Diaoyu Islands, Encirclement of China, Fascism, Fasle flag, Fukushima nuclear plant, Heilongjiang Province, Japan, Liaoning Province, Nukes, Pentagon, Russia, Shenyang, Taiwan, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on December 21, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

December 7, 2013

The White House refusal to recognize China’s new air-defense identification zone (ADIZ) is a knee-jerk reaction that reveals an astounding ignorance of historical, legal and geopolitical issues in Asia and the Pacific. The US-Japan Security Treaty, as a defense agreement to protect the Japanese homeland against foreign invasion, was never intended for settling boundary conflicts, as in the current cases of the Senkaku-Diaoyu islets dispute with China, the Tokishima-Tokdo tussle with South Korea and the Northern Territories-South Kurile claim against Russia…

…Japan has drawn its own ADIZ, modeling it after the 1945 airspace map drawn up by the U.S. occupation force. The Japanese claim includes not just those barren rocks but also a vast swath of far inside the continental shelf, which is claimed by China and South Korea. In 2011, Beijing and Seoul filed a joint position paper and complaint with the United Nations against Japanese encroachment across the continental shelf…

…More worrisome perhaps from the Chinese historical perspective is the potential for covert sabotage of one of Japan’s own passenger jets. A violent plane crash, blamed on Beijing, could rally international support for invoking the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty to launch a counterstrike against Beijing. Then [sic] notorious precedent for false-flag attacks was set in the 1931 Mukden Incident, when Imperial Army officers bombed the Japanese-owned South Manchurian Railroad (Mantetsu). The clandestine operation provided the pretext for an outright military invasion of northeast China. Soon after the plot was exposed in the world press, Japanese Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka, former head of the Mantetsu, led the 1933 walk-out from League of Nations, which marked the actual start of World War II.

The legacy of the Manchurian covert operation is also a major chapter in the family history of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose grandfather Nobusuke Kishi became the finance and economy minister of the puppet state of Manchukuo as a direct beneficiary of that false-flag attack. Inside Manchuria, Kishi sponsored the infamous bioweapons Unit 731, which launched mass-murder attacks on populous cities with bubonic plague and Hanta virus. Simultaneously, Kishi served as wartime head of the Munitions Ministry, which developed an atomic bomb program on Konan (Hungnam Island) in northern Korea and inside Fukushima Prefecture .

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is an unrepentant admirer of his grandfather Kishi, often quoting his forebear on the necessity of nuclear weapons for Japan. The naval standoff around the Senkaku-Diaoyu islets, as a provocation campaign, is connected with the continuing nuclear armaments program centered in Fukushima Prefecture, where the military ran uranium and thorium mines in the late 1930s, under a secret project codenamed BUND-1.

The pall of secrecy is being reinforced by the Liberal Democratic Party, which has just rammed through a state secrets law aimed at suppressing whistleblowers and journalists on grounds of national security in foreign affairs. While the Senkaku-Diaoyu clash serves as a news diversion from the massive radioactive releases from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant, the maritime conflict also serves as a rallying point for Abe’s calls for “nuclear capability”.

The postwar “peace” Constitution, forbidding Japan from war as an instrument of state policy, was drafted with assistance from Americans aiming to prevent a repeat of the wartime horrors. However, a by-now forgotten point that needs reminding is that the United States was a de facto ally of Japanese militarist aggression in Manchuria, where U.S. Army observers and railway engineers with the Harriman-owned Union Pacific Railway were stationed until just before the Pearl Harbor attack…

…The only winner in the islets dispute is the Chinese navy, which by now has overwhelming and unquestioning domestic support for naval modernization and fleet expansion. Tokyo’s confrontational attitude has resurrected painful memories of past atrocities and imperialist arrogance during the two modern wars against China. It is just a matter time before an aging and less agile Japan slips badly, and the Chinese forces move in – hopefully for no more than those tiny outcrops.

The strategic pivot policy promises only costly military spending and humiliating setbacks ahead. Japanese policymakers should accept a world court judgment, if only to prevent future losses of legitimate national territory, which is more vulnerable than any military strategist is ready to admit in public. The long-term interests of Japan and the US are better served by a maritime security treaty and resource partnership with China and Russia, not a self-defeating rivalry against these East Asian powers.

If a strategic retreat is not implemented sooner than later, the Senkaku-Diaoyu dispute could rapidly escalate into the last battle of the Pacific War and the first shots fired in World War III. Diplomacy, as the art of compromise, is needed more than ever to prevent the unthinkable.

Yoichi Shimatsu, a Hong Kong-based journalist, is former editor of the Japan Times Weekly in Tokyo.

Excerpted by Zuo Shou

Full article link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-japanese-militarism-and-chinas-air-defense-identification-zone-adiz-over-disputed-islets-pretext-for-another-pacific-war/5360593