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China “dissatisfied” with Hagel’s remarks [Xinhua]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, Diaoyu Islands, Encirclement of China, Japan, Netherlands, Obama, Pentagon, Philippines, South China Sea, Taiwan, US imperialism, USA on April 15, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) — China is “dissatisfied” with remarks made by U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel in an ASEAN defence ministers meeting and in Japan, a Chinese military leader said here Tuesday.

The straightforward comment came when Fan Changlong, vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, met with Hagel.

“I can tell you frankly, your remarks made in the ASEAN defence ministers meeting and to Japanese politicians were tough, and with a clear attitude. The Chinese people, including myself, are dissatisfied with such remarks,” he told Hagel at the presence of the press.

In an interview with Japan’s Nikkei newspaper on Saturday, Hagel criticized China’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea as provocative and unilateral.

Last week, Hagel hosted talks with defense ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Hawaii, where he also brought up topics of growing U.S. concern about territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

On the Diaoyu Islands issue, the U.S. has repeatedly said it took no position but Secretary Hagel has publicly backed Japan’s claim and welcomed Japan’s review of the self-defense aspect of its constitution, Fan said.

On the South China Sea issue, China holds a consistent claim and is backed by historical evidence. “But Secretary Hagel is partial to the Philippines and pointed fingers at China, though the Philippines occupied some of China’s reefs,” Fan said.

Fan blamed U.S. House of Representatives passage of a Taiwan-related bill to stir cross-strait trouble, which is “totally wrong”, despite the peaceful development momentum for the cross-strait situation.

“China hopes the U.S. can be a responsible great power and do more to promote regional stability and the friendship between the two countries and militaries,” Fan said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama met during the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands not long ago and reaffirmed the building of a new model of relationship between big countries, Fan said.

Fan called on the Chinese and U.S. militaries to cherish development and move forward stable and healthy growth of a new model of military relations…

Excerpted; full article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-04/08/c_126368544.htm

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Chinese military lashes out at Japanese defense report [People’s Daily]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, Black propaganda, China, Diaoyu Islands, Japan, World War II on July 28, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

(Xinhua)
July 12, 2013

BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) — China’s military is strongly discontented with and firmly opposed to a recent Japanese defense report and has lodged a solemn representation to the Japanese side, said a Defense Ministry spokesman on Thursday.

“The new edition of Japan’s defense white paper deliberately ignores facts and plays up the ‘China’s military threat'”, said spokesman Geng Yansheng in a press release.

The Japanese white paper, which was released on Tuesday, improperly commented about China’s defense and military building, made groundless accusations against China’s legitimate conduct for safeguarding national sovereignty, and attempted to sow dissensions between China and its neighboring countries, said Geng.

He said China is on a path of peaceful development and its defense policies are purely defensive in nature.

The strategic aims of China’s military development are very clear, he said, noting that China will be committed to safeguarding world peace and stability.

The Japanese white paper said “some of China’s activities involve its intrusion into Japan’s territorial waters, its violation of Japan’s territorial airspace and even dangerous actions that could cause a contingency”.

Citing a January incident in which Japan says a Chinese navy frigate locked weapons’ radar on a Japanese destroyer in the East China Sea, the paper criticized China for denying use of the radar.

It also said the lack of transparency of Chinese military intentions is “a concern” for the region and the international community.

In response to these accusations, Geng said Japan’s dissemination of China’s lack of military transparency has ulterior motives.

He rejected the so-called China intrusion into Japan’s territorial waters and airspace as well as the so-called Radar incident as ridiculous, saying Japan’s actions of sowing discords have revealed its dangerous intentions to defame China and the Chinese military.

Geng reiterated that China is unswerving in its determination and resolve to maintain territorial sovereignty and it cannot be criticized for taking actions to safeguard sovereignty.

The Japanese government illegally “purchased” part of the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea last September, which was a grave violation of China’s territorial sovereignty and caused tensions in bilateral relations, said the spokesman.

However, Japan seems unwilling to reflect on its mistakes, instead, it falsely accuses China for destroying bilateral relations and being tough on the external front, said Geng, adding Japan’s remarks will mislead international opinions and create tensions in the region.

The spokesman said Japan has used many pretexts for its military expansion in recent years. It has developed offensive combat powers and carried out joint military drills with some countries outside the region.

He also accused the irresponsible remarks by Japanese leaders on the country’s wartime history, noting that Japan’s moves will arouse the strong concern and high alert of its Asian neighbors and the international community for its development direction.

“We urge the Japanese side to reflect on its aggressive history, choose the path of peaceful development and win the trust of its Asian neighbors by concrete actions”, said Geng.

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90786/8323175.html

Manila mulling wider access for US, Japan [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Diaoyu Islands, Encirclement of China, Japan, Philippines, South China Sea, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA on July 11, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Zhou Wa (China Daily)
June 28, 2013

The Philippines is considering giving the United States and Japan greater access to Manila’s military bases, the country’s defense secretary said on Thursday.

Observers said the latest initiative is a new development in a series of measures the Philippines has taken to ramp up the South China Sea issue ahead of regional meetings of Southeast Asian countries in July.

With help from the US, Manila hopes its military can looks stronger in bargaining with China over the South China Sea issue, they added.

The Philippine government is initially drafting a plan that would allow US forces to spend more time on its military bases – something that could also be offered to Japan’s military, Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said.

“If and when there is agreement on the access, then there will be equipment coming in from the US,” Gazmin said at a joint news conference in Manila after meeting visiting Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera.

“Now as far as Japan is concerned, we do welcome other countries – particularly Japan since it is a strategic partner – in accordance with our existing protocols.”

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has already stated that Manila would welcome an increased US military presence, amid contending claims with China over parts of the South China Sea.

But Gazmin made it clear that the US will not be setting up new military bases in the country.

Manila has always tried to create tension on the South China Sea issue during routine regional meetings among Southeast Asian countries to internationalize the issue, said Xu Liping, a researcher on Asia-Pacific studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Science.

= US military presence =

“It is a trend recently that Manila, Tokyo and Washington have united on the South China Sea issue,” Xu said.

“The US is eager to take advantage of the issue to increase its military presence in the region, while Japan hopes the issue can draw more attention from China, so that Beijing has less energy to deal with the Diaoyu Islands issue.”

The initiative shows Manila’s aim to strengthen its military alliance with the US, said Chen Qinghong, a researcher on Philippine studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.

“The Philippines hopes to seek more support from the US to balance China’s increasing power in the region, so that it is sufficiently emboldened to bargain with China on the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.

He added that Manila hopes the US can help train its troops and modernize the military with advanced equipment.

But the US may not be as generous as Manila expects, because it would not like to be “kidnapped” by the Philippines and harm ties with China because of the South China Sea issue, he said.

The US had tens of thousands of troops stationed in the Philippines, at Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base north of Manila, until the early 1990s, when it was forced to abandon the bases amid anti-US sentiment and a row over rent.

The Philippine constitution now bans any permanent foreign bases in the country.

Yang Yujun, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of National Defense, said on Thursday that the military presence of relevant countries in the region should not harm regional peace and stability.

The Clark and Subic facilities, now partly converted to business and tourism use, still host and service US military aircraft and warships on exercises.

One of those began [recently] in waters between the Philippines’ main island of Luzon and China’s Huangyan Island.

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90777/8302852.html

Also see “US, Japan to establish military bases in the Philippines” by Joseph Santolan [World Socialist Website] – http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/06/29/phil-j29.html

China, India border issue [Xinhua]

Posted in China, Diaoyu Islands, India on May 11, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

5-7-2013

Editor Notes:

Chinese and Indian border troops have made positive developments in a three-week border standoff, and both have simultaneously withdrawn from the western section of the border.

Time: The occurrence of the incident is on April 15.

Area: the Tiannan River Valley area

Reason:

India: Tensions flared between the two neighbors after Indian media claimed that Chinese defense troops “trespassed on Indian territory” in the western sector of the disputed border area in mid-April.

China: Beijing has disputed the charge, saying that Chinese border defense troops, committed to safeguarding peace and tranquility in the border area, did not cross the Line of Actual Control. (Source: China Daily)

Spokeswoman: Hua Chunying

China, India end border standoff

“China and India have reached an agreement on resolving the incident in the western section of the border. The frontier forces of the two countries have terminated the standoff at the Tiannan River Valley area,” Hua Chunying said in a statement. (Source: Xinhua)

“China and India should work jointly to achieve a fair and reasonable border treaty that is accepted by both sides,” she said. (Source: China Daily)

Comments: Fu Xiaoqiang, Pei Yuanying, Swaran Singh, Han Hua

Fu Xiaoqiang, a researcher from the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, told the Global Times though it took a relatively long period to resolve the standoff, and it showed that the two sides have the capability to handle border disputes. (Source: Global Times)

Pei Yuanying, a former Chinese ambassador to India, said recently that resolving the Sino-Indian border dispute, an issue left over by history, needs time and patience.

“Border standoffs are somewhat inevitable in the future, but they are only petty issues against the whole backdrop of thriving Sino-Indian relations,” Pei said, adding that the point is acknowledged by both sides. (Source: China Daily)

Swaran Singh, a professor from the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, told the Global Times both sides behaved maturely in resolving the issue.(Source: Global Times)

Han Hua, director of the Center for Arms Control and Disarmament at the School of International Studies affiliated with Peking University, told the Global Times Monday that the withdrawal came as no surprise, noting that both New Delhi and Beijing are rational when handling bilateral disputes despite constant hyping of tensions by media.

According to Han, bilateral ties were tense from 2006 to 2009 due to rows over the eastern section of the China-Indian border, but have warmed up since 2010, partly because of rising disputes with China’s neighbors to the east as a result of the US pivot to Asia.

“Last fall’s leadership transition in China was another turning point. The new leadership adjusted its policies and now seeks a stabilized relationship with India,” Han said. “The grand strategy of China is to avoid troubled relations with its neighbors. Given current rows with Japan over the Diaoyu Islands, there is no reason to start another row.”

“As emerging powers, the two countries both face pressures from the West, and have the will to cooperate on a wide range of global issues. They both want stability and prioritize economic development, so they don’t want to clash with each other,” Han said. (Source: Global Times)

Activities in May:

India: On Monday, the Indian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid will come to Beijing as scheduled in this week, where he will “discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of concern” with his Chinese counterpart, a spokesman was quoted by AFP as saying.

China: Premier Li Keqiang will also conduct a planned visit to New Delhi later this month. (Source: China Daily)

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-05/07/c_132364281.htm

China refutes Japan’s allegations on radar targeting [People’s Daily]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, Black propaganda, China, Diaoyu Islands, Japan, Tokyo on February 12, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

February 09, 2013

BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) — China on Friday refuted Japan’s allegations that Chinese warships targeted fire-control radars at Japanese vessels in the East China Sea.

“Recently, Japan has repeatedly spread false accusations that have distorted facts and defamed Chinese military’s normal combat readiness training,” according to a statement issued by the information office of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense.

The statement was issued responding to Japanese media reports that Japan’s defense ministry said Tuesday that a frigate of the Chinese navy directed its fire-control radar at a destroyer of the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) in the East China Sea at around 10 a.m. on Jan. 30.

The Japanese side also said that a Chinese frigate was suspected of locking a similar radar on a MSDF helicopter on Jan. 19 in the East China Sea.

The defense ministry’s statement pointed out that Japanese warships and airplanes have often conducted long and close-in monitoring and surveillance over China’s naval ships and airplanes in recent years.

It said this “is the root cause to air and maritime safety issues between China and Japan.”

“At around 4 p.m. on Jan. 19, a Chinese naval frigate, while conducting routine training in relevant waters in the East China Sea, spotted an approaching ship-borne helicopter of the Japanese Self Defense Force (JSDF),” said the statement.

It added that the ship-borne radars of the frigate kept normal observation and were on alert but the fire-control radar was not used.

“At around 9 a.m. on Jan. 30, a Chinese naval ship found itself closely followed and monitored by JSDF destroyer Yudachi while conducting routine training in relevant waters in the East China Sea; ship-borne radars of the Chinese naval ship kept normal observation and were on alert, and fire-control radar was not used,” said the statement.

“The Japanese side’s remarks are against the facts,” it said.

During a daily news briefing on Friday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying called Japan’s allegations “a sheer fabrication out of nothing.”

Hua said the Chinese side has always been restrained, taken a responsible attitude and is committed to addressing the relevant issue through dialogue and consultation, while taking necessary measures to safeguard the country’s territory and sovereignty, since the Japanese side triggered the disputes over the Diaoyu Islands last year.

“Rather than rectify their wrongdoings, the Japanese side has dispatched many warships and airplanes to infringe on China’s sovereignty,which has further escalated the tensions,” Hua said.

She urged Japan to “stop playing petty tricks” and go back on the right track of addressing the issue through dialogue.”

According to the defense ministry’s statement, China has lodged representations to the Japanese side many times.

In the statement, the Chinese defense ministry accused Japan of unilaterally releasing untrue information to the media. It also accused senior Japanese government officials of making irresponsible remarks that hyped up the “China threat”, without verifying related facts with the Chinese side.

The statement said Japan’s allegations this time “recklessly” created tensions and misled public opinion in the world.

“We must be vigilant against and ponder such moves by Japan,” said the statement.

“China hopes that Japan will take effective measures and stop stirring up tensions in the East China Sea, and stop making irresponsible remarks,” added the statement.

“China refutes Japan’s allegations on radar targeting”, article link: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90883/8126955.html

See also: “Tokyo hyped ‘radar lock-on’: experts” [People’s Daily / China Daily] http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90883/8124773.html

Deceit pivots US foreign policy [China Daily]

Posted in Afghanistan, China, Diaoyu Islands, DPR Korea, Fascism, Hillary Clinton, Indonesia, Japan, Korean War, Nazism, Obama, Pakistan, Pentagon, Russia, South China Sea, USA, World War II on September 9, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

“…Japan’s intransigence about far-flung territorial claims is particularly hard to fathom given its undisputed role as aggressor nation, aligned with Nazi Germany. It invaded nearly all of its neighbors, left millions dead and committed unspeakable war crimes in China, Korea and Southeast Asia. Is it not a bit unseemly for Japan to be tussling over territory that it once used as a springboard to terrorize its neighbors?

Tokyo, which is so co-dependent on Washington to the extend that it actually pays the US for the "privilege" of having American troops posted on its soil, seems content with ambiguous assurances that the US is more or less on its side in its simmering territorial disputes.

The US is silent in the face of Japan’s right-wing revisionists who clamber for remote rocks that were once part of a vast malevolent empire, an insult to all victims of Japan’s war of aggression, including Americans. The attack on Pearl Harbor was launched from the Southern Kuriles (known as Northern Islands in Japan), which have been a thorn in the side of Tokyo-Moscow relations since the end of World War II…”

Updated: 2012-09-03

By Philip J. Cunningham (China Daily)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comes to Asia again, trying to keep US President Barack Obama’s so-called "pivot strategy" alive. The whole idea of a pivot, which reflects Obama’s fondness for basketball, is to feign movement with one foot nailed to the ground; to block, drop back, step forward, fake and roll without actually going anywhere.

Imagine a map of the world painted on a basketball court. The star player of team United States has just finished dribbling, but because of lack of foresight, finds himself with one foot stuck on the Afghan-Pakistani border, somewhere in the middle of the court. The other foot is free to move. Given superb agility and a poker-faced ability to fake, he’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere all at the same time. He pretends to be on the offensive when in fact he’s bogged down. His perimeter of action is tightly hemmed in, because the pivot foot is stuck in the wrong place.

As national coach, Obama is not just in charge of overall strategy, he calls the shots and can make substitutions too. That’s where the indefatigable US secretary of state comes in. Clinton, a once-feisty presidential hopeful who didn’t make the cut at the Democratic convention, has been nothing if not a good sport. She has served Obama loyally ever since losing to him, carrying out his vision with an admirable feminist touch of her own.

Being substituted late in the game may be a dubious honor – the player/coach is pre-occupied with hanging on to his job for another season – but Clinton is a superb team player. She will represent the US at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders’ summit in Vladivostok, Russia, instead of the president…

…A glance at Clinton’s itinerary suggests a grueling schedule. Given the inherent limitations of the US’ pivot strategy and mounting tensions in the region, her road trip calls for nothing less than an all-star performance.

Issues bound to come up at the APEC meeting, if only on the sidelines, include the new leadership in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the island disputes in and around the South China Sea.

China’s claims to the Diaoyu Islands are as good as anyone’s, and probably better, but all parties need to step back and put things in perspective.

After the defeat of imperial Japan in August 1945, the US took control not only of the home islands of Japan, but simultaneously "inherited" Japan’s vast militarized archipelago of islets and remote airfields that stretched across the Pacific and read like a roll call of tragic battles: Saipan, Guam, Guadalcanal, Okinawa, Iwo Jima.

It’s the folly of World War II that so much blood was spilled over control of rocky islets and sandy beaches; let us hope the insanity of the past will suffice as a warning to the wise in the present day. If the rocks can’t be peacefully sorted out according to national claims, then leave them to the seagulls and the crabs…

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“U.S. intervention not conducive to Asia-Pacific stability” – ASEAN summit and H. Clinton’s ‘diplomatic encirclement’ [Xinhua]

Posted in Afghanistan, Cambodia, China, Diaoyu Islands, Encirclement of China, Hillary Clinton, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Obama, Philippines, South China Sea, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War, Vietnam on July 15, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, July 14 (Xinhua) — Hillary Clinton’s whirlwind tour of China’s neighbors as part of the U.S. pivot to Asia strategy has made waves again in the South China Sea. The "strategic pressure" is not conducive to Asia’s development or U.S. long-term interests.

The U.S. secretary of state’s Asia trip, which took her to Afghanistan, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, was nothing but an apparent "diplomatic encirclement."

Though wary of overtly irking China, Clinton further meddled in the South China Sea issue by repeatedly highlighting America’s interests there and openly supporting individual ASEAN members’ scheme to complicate the maritime dispute.

Clinton also extended her hand to the East China Sea, clearly recognizing during the visit to Japan that the Diaoyu Islands fell within the scope of the 1960 Japan-U.S. security treaty, though Washington does not take a position on the ultimate sovereignty of the islets.

Many facts have proved that major changes have taken place in regard to the South China Sea since Washington made a military and economic "pivot" toward Asia, a strategy many interpret as a bid to counteract China’s influence in the region.

In the past decades, there has been mainly a lull in the South China Sea issue, as China and other claimant states sought solutions based on bilateral friendly negotiations.

However, at the ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting two years ago, Clinton announced Washington had a "national interest" in the South China Sea and would return to Asia. Since then, tensions have been simmering below the surface.

In particular, China’s maritime territorial sovereignty has been severely infringed this year, with the Philippines laying claims to Huangyan Island, Japan’s farce in attempting to buy the Diaoyu Islands and Vietnam’s enactment of a law asserting sovereignty over the Xisha Islands and Nansha Islands.

The United States claims it does not take a position on the one hand and intensively takes one-sided actions on the other.

Since the dispute over Huangyan Island between Beijing and Manila flared up in April, Washington not only held joint military drills with the Filipinos, but also sold two Hamilton-class warships to them.

Last month, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced a shift of deployment of the U.S. Navy from its current 50-50 split between the Pacific and the Atlantic to 60-40 by 2020.

As the Chinese saying goes, "the tree craves calm but the wind keeps blowing." Though China always exercises restraint and insists on diplomatic solutions to the disputes, some countries keep challenging China, which certainly has something to do with U.S. re-engagement in the region.

President Barack Obama’s strategy to focus U.S. foreign policy more intensely on the Asia-Pacific after a decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is welcome, as long as it is beneficial to the peace, stability and prosperity of the region. However, what the strategic shift has brought in the past two years is evidently contrary to regional stability.

Washington must understand that returning to Asia by way of militarily flexing its muscle, and diplomatically intervening in bilateral disputes is wrong and short-sighted. It is wrong because it is favoring confrontation instead of cooperation, which does not contribute to Asia’s development and also goes against U.S. long-term interests.

Americans should do more to promote regional and win-win cooperation rather than mess up peace and development in the Asia-Pacific region.

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