Bare the Mystery of China’s World Largest Ballistic Missile Force


Missiles of the Second Artillery Corps

Missiles of the Second Artillery Corps

Qianzhan.com says in its recent report that China’s Second Artillery Corps has been regarded as the most mystic force in the world. It is China’s force with the greatest strategic deterrent.

The report cites staff of the intelligence section of US Department of Defense as saying: The Corps now has 1,200 to 1,500 medium- and short-range ballistic missiles, seven times more than its nuclear missiles. It is, in addition, developing new theater ballistic missiles and land-based cruise missiles.

What puzzles me is that the report says nothing about the Corps’ nuclear missiles, but instead, talks much about its conventional missiles and its engineer, intelligence, reconnaissance, land survey, calculation, meteorological, communications, anti-chemical weapon and camouflage supports, which certainly also apply to the nuclear missile section.

However, if there are only about 200 nuclear ballistic missiles according to the calculation of one seventh of 1,200 to 1,500 conventional ballistic missiles, how can the Corps be regarded as the larges ballistic missile force in the world?

Perhaps some analysts’ speculation is correct. China has more than 10,000 nuclear warheads. Anyway, the Corps remains a mystery now.

Source: qianzhan.com “Demystification: The real power of PLA’s Second Artillery Corps-world’s no. 1 ballistic missile force in scale”


Chinese Politicians a Little Less Impudent than Japanese Ones


Poster of Japanese film The Eternal Zero

Poster of Japanese film The Eternal Zero

US Naval Institute Staff said in a recent post titled “Through Japanese Eyes: World War II in Japanese Cinema”, “As Japanese films become more revisionist, great concern has already been expressed about the current generation of movies such as The Truth about Nanjing which boldly dismisses war atrocities as Chinese propaganda. The film’s director has stated that the Japanese leaders executed for war crimes are martyrs like Jesus Christ.”

The 1998 film Pride and 2007 film Better Wishes for Tomorrow give similar descriptions: The former gives favorable description of war criminal Prime Minister Hideki Tojo while the latter “attempts to humanize a Japanese leader on trial for war crimes. Responsible for the execution of American airmen, Tasuka Okada is portrayed as a dedicated family man who acted out of love for country.”

No wonder Chinese and South Korean people are so upset when Japanese politicians visit Yasukuni Shrine that honors those war criminals.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe however tried to justify his visit to the shrine by saying that he visited the shrine “so that never again people would suffer in wars.”

However, Abe’s admiration of a recent popular film The Eternal Zero that glorifies Japanese pilots’ deeds of suicidal attack at US warships during World War II reveals his true intention to honor war criminals in his visit to the shrine.

That being the situation, no wonder China makes public now old documents about Japanese war atrocities that it previously kept secret in order to be friendly with Japan.

However, in order to really be friends, the two sides had better forget the past and focus on the future.

Its difficult for China to forget its misery in the past, but it is even more difficult for Japanese politicians to remain humiliated for the crimes of their predecessors.. Therefore, it is only natural that they have beautified and will further beautify their former war criminals.

In this respect, Chinese politicians are a little less impudent. They are willing to admit their predecessor Mao’s crimes of causing the death of starvation of millions of people and the disaster of the Cultural Revolution. They have not tried to stress Mao’s “patriotic motives”.

But they are only a little less impudent as they still regard Mao as their great leader and his crimes as errors and keep his corpse in a mausoleum and his portrait on Tiananmen.

The following is the full text of US Naval Institute Staff’s post:

Through Japanese Eyes: World War II in Japanese Cinema

By: US Naval Institute Staff
Published: April 14, 2014 7:50 AM
Updated: April 14, 2014 10:45 AM

A film about kamikaze pilots has been playing to packed theaters from Hokkaido to Kyushu since its release in December of 2013, becoming one of the top-grossing Japanese productions of all time. In addition to attracting the admiration of Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, “The Eternal Zero” has drawn a fair amount of criticism for being the latest in a string of recent films that mythologize the Japanese role in World War II.

Any Japanese film concerning World War II is going to be closely scrutinized by Japanese and international audiences alike. Most Japanese films produced in the first few decades following the war focus on human tragedy while keeping away from anything that could be construed as glorifying combat or defending Japan’s military adventurism. To avoid possible offense, American and Allied Forces in Japanese productions have usually been faceless, instead being represented by their machines of war (as opposed to contemporary Hollywood productions that often include rather negative stereotypes of Japanese soldiers). Americans and the Allied Forces are also rarely even named, usually referred to simply as the enemy.

However, Japanese films generally fail to explain the cause of the war, which has led to a spate of recent movies that cast Japan in a more sympathetic light. With bigger budgets and slicker production values than the stark and repenting post-war movies, these films portray a more romantic view of the fight against the West where Japan is a victim, not the aggressor. As Japanese films become more revisionist, great concern has already been expressed about the current generation of movies such as The Truth about Nanjing which boldly dismisses war atrocities as Chinese propaganda. The film’s director has stated that the Japanese leaders executed for war crimes are martyrs like Jesus Christ.

These are a several notable films about World War II produced in Japan:

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The Eternal Zero (Eien no Zero) 2013 – Using a flashback narrative, The Eternal Zero follows two siblings as they try to learn more about their grandfather who apparently was determined to survive the war but decided to die as a kamikaze. Some domestic and foreign critics have dismissed the film as shameless nationalistic propaganda. They argue that instead of being patriots who willing sacrificed themselves for Japan, kamikaze were actually vulnerable young men who were radicalized or pressured by fanatics into pursuing an “honorable” death.

Yamato 2006

The Men of the Yamato (Otoko tachi no Yamato) 2005 – The Men of the Yamato is a big budget production with a story structure and visuals clearly modeled after Hollywood blockbusters. The film depicts the fate of the world’s largest battleship and members of the crew as they are sent on a desperate mission to Okinawa where — spoiler alert — the pride of the Japanese Imperial Navy is destroyed by U.S. Navy pilots.

Deguchi No Nai Umi

Sea Without Exit (Deguchi no nai umi) 2007 – Kaiten pilots operated one-man submarines that served as human-guided torpedoes, making them the underwater counterparts to the better known kamikaze who attacked from the air. Sea Without Exit chronicles a star baseball player and his three fellow kaiten pilots as the struggle between a sense of patriotic duty and the fear that their lives will be wasted in a war that is already lost.

Fires on the Plain

Fires on the Plain(Nobi) 1959 – After receiving an Academy Award nomination for his 1956 anti-war film The Burmese Harp, director Kon Ichikawa explored even darker themes in Fires on the Plain. The plot concerns a group of Japanese soldiers trapped in the Philippines with little food or supplies because of the tightening noose of the Allied Forces. A brutal film, the graphic depiction of the soldier’s efforts to survive through murder and cannibalism was met with critical disdain upon its release.

Zero Fighter

Zero Fighter (Zerosen moyu) 1984 – Zero Fighter covers the history for the famed plane from its design and early dominance in the air until the end of the war when it is eventually outclassed by advanced enemy aircraft attacking in superior numbers. If the special effects seem strangely reminiscent of Japan’s popular superhero and monster movies, Zero Fighter was produced by the same studio and special effects team responsible for several Godzilla films.

For Those We Love 1 2007

For Those We Love (Ore-kimi) 2007 – Written by Governor of Tokyo Shintaro Ishihara, For Those We Love tells the tale of several young kamikaze pilots as remembered by the matron of the local restaurant they frequented while waiting for the final mission. Considering Ishihara’s right wing political views, it probably should come as no surprise that the kamikaze pilots are glorified as heroes who died protecting their homeland rather than tragic causalities of Japan’s imperialistic ambitions.

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka) 1988 – Grave of the Fireflies is a widely acclaimed animated film that follows an orphaned brother and sister as they struggle to survive in a Japan devastated by war. Film critic Roger Ebert ranked it as one of the best war films ever made, stating that its emotional breadth almost moved him to tears. The popularity of the movie in Japan has spawned two live action versions.

Merdeka 17805

Merdeka 17805 2001 – The producers of Merdeka 17805 claim the film commemorates Japan’s role in bringing independence to Indonesia by ending Dutch colonial rule, but the release was met with criticism for offering a revisionist view that presents Japanese military aggression as being merely a desire to protect Asia from the West. Scenes depicting Indonesians kissing the feet of their Japanese liberators as well as soldiers slapping the faces of Indonesian recruits were deemed highly offensive to the nation’s Muslim population.

Battle of Okinawa 1971

Battle of Okinawa (Gekido no showashi:Okinawa kessen) 1971 – As the title states, Battle of Okinawa is a drama about the last major confrontation between Allied and Japanese Imperial forces. While the film faults Japanese leaders for failing to provide their soldiers with sufficient resources to defend the island from the Allied onslaught, the Okinawans caught in the middle of the fighting are portrayed as the true victims.

Nihon no ichiban nagai hi

Japan’s Longest Day (Nihon no ichiban nagai hi) 1967 – Even after two of their cities had been devastated by atomic bombs, hardliners within the Imperial Japanese military were still prepared to fight to the death. Japan’s Longest Day recounts the true events of August 14-15 when a group of fanatical soldiers attempted a coup to prevent the broadcast of Emperor Hirohito’s message of surrender.

Ashita e no yuigon

Better Wishes for Tomorrow (Ashita e no yuigon) 2007 – Like the 1998 film Pride: A Fateful Moment about Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, Better Wishes for Tomorrow attempts to humanize a Japanese leader on trial for war crimes. Responsible for the execution of American airmen, Tasuka Okada is portrayed as a dedicated family man who acted out of love for country. Both films seem to imply that any atrocities committed by the Japanese during the war were negated by Allied bombing of civilians.

Source: USNI News “Through Japanese Eyes: World War II in Japanese Cinema”

Source: China Daily Mail “China’s secret WWII documents surface mysteriously; hidden and never mentioned since 1950s”


US lawmaker urges China to expand religious freedoms


US Congressional House Majority Leader Eric Cantor arrives for a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing, on April 24, 2014 (AFP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

US Congressional House Majority Leader Eric Cantor arrives for a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing, on April 24, 2014 (AFP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Beijing (AFP) – China should act to ensure religious freedoms, a top US opposition lawmaker said at the close of an Asia trip held as President Barack Obama also visits the region.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the number-two Republican in the lower chamber of the US Congress, was speaking in China as a bipartisan congressional delegation he was leading concluded.

“Religion is something that’s constitutionally protected for us, and we want to be able to promote that as a human right across the world,” Cantor told AFP from Shanghai late Saturday at the end of a trip to China, South Korea and Japan.

“I think it’s a legitimate issue, and I look forward to hopefully being able to meet with the Chinese when I’m back in Washington to make the case for religious freedom (in China),” he added.

Foreign governments and campaign groups regularly accuse Beijing of tightly controlling religious freedoms. China maintains it has “protected the legal rights and interests” of worshippers.

In Shanghai, Cantor, who is the highest-ranking Jewish Republican in the US Congress, met with a local rabbi and visited Ohel Rachel, a historic synagogue that is currently only open to the Jewish community on high holy days.

Cantor said he plans to urge Chinese officials in Washington upon his return to allow regular access to the synagogue for Shanghai’s Jewish community, which is comprised mainly of expatriates.

The nine-member delegation, which also included former Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan, focused on trade, regional security and North Korean denuclearisation.

These issues had already come under the spotlight during Obama’s Asia tour. The president was in Malaysia Sunday on the third-leg of his trip which started in Japan and South Korea and will end in the Philippines on Tuesday.

The congressional delegation also met with a group of Chinese scholars, one of whom argued that “there’s less freedom of the press” in the US than in China, a claim which Cantor said left him “flabbergasted”.

“That’s just plain wrong. I just don’t believe that,” he said, adding: “I’m certainly for freedom of the press… I believe it’s worth it for us to be here on the ground in China to continue to make that point.”

Tensions between the US and China over Beijing’s treatment of foreign journalists have heightened in recent years amid claims of retaliation against the New York Times and Bloomberg over reports deemed unfavourable by the ruling Communist Party.

Source: Yahoo News “US lawmaker urges China to expand religious freedoms”


China’s Gaoxin-6 (GX-6) Anti-submarine Aircraft as Powerful as US P-3C


A flying electronic intelligence reconnaissance aircraft. Credit: dingsheng001.com/Fenmi

A flying electronic intelligence reconnaissance aircraft. Credit: dingsheng001.com/Fenmi

Photo taken by a web user of a flying electronic intelligence reconnaissance aircraft. Credit: dingsheng001.com/Longshi

Photo taken by a web user of a flying electronic intelligence reconnaissance aircraft. Credit: dingsheng001.com/Longshi

Photo taken by a web user of a flying electronic intelligence reconnaissance aircraft. Credit: dingsheng001.com/Longshi

Photo taken by a web user of a flying electronic intelligence reconnaissance aircraft. Credit: dingsheng001.com/Longshi

Recently, Gaoxin aircrafts, the electronic intelligence reconnaissance aircrafts developed by China, reappeared. Web users have taken photos from unique angles of those aircrafts with strange “cheek” structure when they are flying at low attitude.

Among them, Gaoxin-6 large anti-submarine is a breakthrough with performance as good as US P-3C anti-submarine aircraft.

Using Y-8 and Y-9 transport aircrafts as platforms, China has developed 10 types of airplanes called Gaoxin aircrafts by changing the fuselages and installing new electronic systems on them for such military and civil purposes as confrontation, electronic reconnaissance, marine patrol, anti-submarine, air control, early warning and air survey. Some of such aircrafts have already been commissioned in Chinese air force and navy.

The report gives description and photos of the various types of Gao-xin aircrafts as follows:

1. Gaoxin-1

Gaoxin-1 is an electronic support reconnaissance aircraft installed with support reconnaissance system and synthetic aperture radar for survey of the battlefield and take accurate image of the land below. It provides direction and guidance with respect to the targets.

Gaoxin-1

Gaoxin-1

Gaoxin-1

Gaoxin-1

Gaoxin-1

Gaoxin-1

2. Gaoxin-2

Gaoxin-2 is an electronic reconnaissance aircraft developed for the navy. Quite a few antennas have been installed on its fuselage while the antenna case at its nose is larger to hold special large antennas. There is, in addition, a satellite communications antenna on its perpendicular tail wing. It indicates the aircraft’s ability to send relevant information to the command post directly through a communications satellite.

Gaoxin-2

Gaoxin-2

3. Gaoxin-3

It is a battlefield command aircraft developed for the air force similar to US EC-130 equipped with battlefield command and control system. It is mainly used for air-to-air and air-to-land exchange of information and unified command and coordination of various combat units at the battlefield.

Gaoxin-3

Gaoxin-3

4. Gaoxin-4

Gaoxin-4 is an electronic intelligence reconnaissance aircraft developed for the air force. It’s special in having large array of antennas by its sides, indicating its ability to capture relatively weak electronic signals. It has relatively strong capability of electronic intelligence reconnaissance.

Gaoxin-4

Gaoxin-4

Gaoxin-4

Gaoxin-4

Gaoxin-4

Gaoxin-4

5. Gaoxin-5

Gaoxin-5, also called KJ-200, is an AEW&C. It is entirely produced by China with all China-made components to enable Chinese air force to be entirely independent in having complete compatibility.

Gaoxin-5 (KJ-200 AEW&C)

Gaoxin-5 (KJ-200 AEW&C)

Gaoxin-5 (KJ-200 AEW&C)

Gaoxin-5 (KJ-200 AEW&C)

6. Gaoxin-6

Gaoxin-6 is a large anti-submarine patrol aircraft as powerful as US P-3. It can carry a crew of 10, including the pilot, radar and sonar operators, and those to search for submarines, make technical analysis, place sonar and operate weapons to form an integrated anti-submarine system of reconnaissance, analysis and attack. It is special in having a very long tail sting, which is said to be China’s new MAD as advanced as US P-3C’s.

Gaoxin-6 anti-submarine aircraft

Gaoxin-6 anti-submarine aircraft

7. Gaoxin-7

Gaoxin-7 is a psychological warfare aircraft developed by China on its own. It carries the electronic equipment to use standard AM, FM, HF, TV and military communications wave bands to carry out psychological warfare. It blocks the enemy’s broadcasts and broadcasts its own programs through those wave bands to the enemy to break the morale of the enemy both military and civilian and achieve the goal of subduing the enemy without fighting.

Gaoxin-7 psychological warfare aircraft

Gaoxin-7 psychological warfare aircraft

Gaoxin-8 is built on the basis of Y-9 transport aircraft with improved engines and propellers. There are enhanced radar on its nose and quite a few antenna cases on its fuselage to collect real-time information about enemy military force and send it to the higher commanders as soon as possible. It is an electronic intelligence aircraft that provides sharp eyes and ears for Chinese navy.

Gaoxin-8

Gaoxin-8

9. A warning aircraft built on a Y-8 transport

It uses a radar supplied by British company RACAL to provide early warning.

Gaoxin-9 early warning aircraft

Gaoxin-9 early warning aircraft

10. A Y-8 radar testing aircraft

The Y-8 radar testing aircraft tests, adjusts, finetunes, confirmatively verifies and appraises the radar under real flying conditions.

Y-8 radar testing aircraft

Y-8 radar testing aircraft

Source: huanqiu.com “Photos from a unique angle of electronic intelligence reconnaissance aircrafts with ‘cheeks’” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

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China’s president warns against growing threats to national security


China's President Xi Jinping waits for his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas before a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, May 6, 2013.  Credit: Reuters/Petar Kujundzic

China’s President Xi Jinping waits for his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas before a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, May 6, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Petar Kujundzic

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday that China faces increasing threats to national security and warned of the dangers of terrorism in a speech indicating that Beijing could impose tougher controls on its ethnic minorities.

Xi told a study session of the party’s decision-making Politburo “to resolutely stamp out the brazenness of the terrorists,” the state-run Xinhua news agency said.

Xi’s comments come at a sensitive time for China, as authorities battle unrest in the Tibetan regions and in Xinjiang, home to Muslim Uighurs.

Unrest in Xinjiang has led to the deaths of more than 100 people in the past year, prompting a tougher stance against the Muslim Uighur minority.

The government blames the violence in Xinjiang on Islamist militants and separatists who want to establish an independent state called East Turkestan in the far western region.

More than 120 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009 to protest Beijing’s rule, with many calling for the return of their exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Beijing says the self-immolators are “terrorists”. Most have died from their injuries.

“We have to be clearly aware that in the new situation, our country is facing increasing threats and challenges to our national security and increasing threats to our social stability,” Xi said.

The Chinese public must build a “wall of bronze and iron” to fight terrorism, and “make terrorists become like rats scurrying across a street, with everybody shouting ‘beat them’,” he said.

Xi called on officials to “properly resolve disputes affecting national unity and resolutely curb and combat hostile forces from outside and inside the country from using the ethnic issue to engage in separatist, infiltration and sabotage activities”.

Xi did not refer to Tibetans or Uighurs, but his remarks reflect the rhetoric often used by party leaders when discussing ethnic unrest and underscore Beijing’s anxiety about minority issues.

Human rights groups have said that Beijing tramples on the religious and cultural rights of Tibetans and Uighurs and enforces its rule with brutality. China says ethnic minorities enjoy broad freedoms.

Beijing has called the Dalai Lama, who fled to India after a failed uprising in 1959, a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” who wants to establish an independent Tibet. The Dalai Lama says he wants autonomy for Tibet and denies advocating violence.

Security has been tightened in Xinjiang after a spate of deadly attacks, including an incident in the southwestern city of Kunming in March, in which at least 29 people were killed and 140 injured, blamed by Beijing on Uighur militants.

Last October, a vehicle ploughed into tourists on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, killing the three people in the car and two bystanders. Authorities said it was a suicide attack by militants from Xinjiang.

Xi’s administration has intensified a crackdown on dissent. Beijing sparked an outcry from Western nations in January when police detained Ilham Tohti, a professor who has championed the rights of Uighurs.

Source: Reuters “China’s president warns against growing threats to national security”


Close Shots of China’s AEW&Cs Taken in an Airport


Close shot of China's AEW&C at an airport

Close shot of China’s AEW&C at an airport

This is perhaps China’s newest KJ-3000 AEW&C.

Close shot of China's KJ-200 AEW&C at an airport

Close shot of China’s KJ-200 AEW&C at an airport

Source: dingsheng100.com “Close shots of PLA’s AEW&Cs actually taken in an airport” (translated from Chinese by Chan Kai Yee)

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Recent Test Flight Again of China’s Large Y-20 Transport Aircraft


Recently, there has been news about the test flight of China’s new Y-20 military transport aircraft that has been absent from media attention for quite some time. The following photos have recently been posted of the recent test flights of two Y-20 prototypes, which are said to use Russian engines:

Recent photo of the test flight of Y-20. Photo by shayuniuzai of fyjs.cn

Recent photo of the test flight of Y-20. Photo by shayuniuzai of fyjs.cn

Recent photo of the test flight of Y-20. Photo by shayuniuzai of fyjs.cn

Recent photo of the test flight of Y-20. Photo by shayuniuzai of fyjs.cn

Web user’s photo of the test flight of Y-20. Credit: yongjiunaduoyun of lt.cjdby.net

Web user’s photo of the test flight of Y-20. Credit: yongjiunaduoyun of lt.cjdby.net

Web user’s photo of the test flight of Y-20. Credit: yongjiunaduoyun of lt.cjdby.net

Web user’s photo of the test flight of Y-20. Credit: yongjiunaduoyun of lt.cjdby.net


Web user’s photo of the test flight of Y-20. Credit: yongjiunaduoyun of lt.cjdby.net

Web user’s photo of the test flight of Y-20. Credit: yongjiunaduoyun of lt.cjdby.net

Source: huanqiu.com “Latest news on test flights again of Y-20” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies


1 of 8. U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at a joint news conference at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing

1 of 8. U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at a joint news conference at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo April 24, 2014.
Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing

In my post today titled “Obama Not to Commit Direct Military Involvement if China Takes Diaoyus by Force”, I said Obama’s reply to a reporter’s question whether the US would consider using military force were China to have some sort of military incursion in those islands to protect those islands, Obama skillfully hid his dilemma: He wants to assure Japan that the US will honor its commitments while he has no intention at all to be militarily involved if China takes the “rocks” by force. Why? It is simply not worthwhile. Who is so stupid as to shed his country’s youngsters’ blood for another country’s “rocks”.

Obama’s skill has made Reuters believe that Obama will defend Japan if China takes the Diaoyus by force. Reuters gives its report the title “Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies” to show it has been fooled by Obama’s skillful rhetoric. The following is the full text of Reuters’ report:

U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defense, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new “red line” and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands.

His comments drew a swift response from China, which said the disputed islets were Chinese territory.

Obama also urged Japan to take “bold steps” to clinch a two-way trade pact seen as crucial to a broad regional agreement that is a central part of the U.S. leader’s “pivot” of military, diplomatic and economic resources towards Asia and the Pacific.

U.S. and Japanese trade negotiators failed to resolve differences in time for Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to shake hands on a deal at the summit.

The leaders reported progress, but Japan’s economics minister, Akira Amari, said later that remaining sticking points could not be resolved quickly.

Obama, on the start of a four-nation tour, is being treated to a display of pomp and ceremony meant to show that the U.S.-Japan alliance, the main pillar of America’s security strategy in Asia, is solid at a time of rising tensions over growing Chinese assertiveness and North Korean nuclear threats.

“We don’t take a position on final sovereignty determinations with respect to Senkaku, but historically they have been administered by Japan and we do not believe that they should be subject to change unilaterally and what is a consistent part of the alliance is that the treaty covers all territories administered by Japan,” Obama said.

“This is not a new position, this is a consistent one,” he told a joint news conference after his summit with Abe, using the Japanese name for the islands that China, which also claims sovereignty over them, calls the Diaoyu.

“In our discussions, I emphasized with Prime Minister Abe the importance of resolving this issue peacefully,” Obama added.

Whilst his comments amounted to a restatement of longstanding U.S. policy, there was symbolism in the commitment being stated explicitly by a U.S. president in Japan.

Responding to Obama’s remarks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a daily press briefing in Beijing that the islands belonged to China.

“The so-called U.S.-Japan security treaty is a product of the Cold War era and it cannot be aimed at a third party and ought not to harm China’s territorial sovereignty,” he said.

“No matter what anyone says or does, it cannot change the basic reality that the Diaoyu Islands are China’s inherent territory and cannot shake the resolve and determination of the Chinese government and people to protect (our) sovereignty and maritime rights.”

INTERNATIONAL RULES

Obama also said there were opportunities to work with China – which complains that his real aim is to contain its rise – but called on the Asian power to stick to international rules.

“What we’ve also emphasized, and I will continue to emphasize throughout this trip, is that all of us have responsibilities to help maintain basic rules of the world and international order, so that large countries, small countries, all have to abide by what is considered just and fair,” he said.

Some of China’s neighbors with territorial disputes with Beijing worry that Obama’s apparent inability to rein in Russia, which annexed Crimea last month, could send a message of weakness to China.

Obama told the news conference that additional sanctions were “teed up” against Russia if it does not deliver on promises in an agreement reached in Geneva last week to ease tensions in Ukraine.

Obama and Abe also agreed that their top trade aides, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Amari, would keep trying to narrow gaps in their trade talks.

“This is not something we can reach a conclusion (on) in a short period of time,” Amari told reporters after meeting Froman again after the leaders’ summit.

Abe has touted the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as key to the “Third Arrow” of his economic program to reinvigorate the world’s third-biggest economy, along with hyper-easy monetary policy and fiscal spending.

Both sides have also stressed that the TPP would have strategic implications by creating a framework for business that could entice China to play by global rules.

But the talks have been stymied by Japan’s efforts to protect politically powerful agriculture sectors such as beef, and disputes over both countries’ auto markets.

Pointing to restrictions on access to Japan’s farm and auto sectors, Obama said: “Those are all issues that people are all familiar with and at some point have to be resolved. I believe that point is now.”

Experts had said failure to reach a final deal could cast doubts on Abe’s commitment to economic reform and take the wind out of the sails of a drive for a broader TPP agreement.

“If they don’t show progress … it will be harder to use TPP as a spur to reforms,” said Robert Feldman, a managing director at Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities in Tokyo. “It gives the anti-reform forces aid and comfort.”

DIPLOMATIC CHALLENGE

The diplomatic challenge for Obama during his week-long, four-nation regional tour is to convince Asian partners that Washington is serious about its promised strategic “pivot”, while at the same time not harming U.S. ties with China, the world’s second-biggest economy.

Obama will also travel to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Abe – who repeatedly referred to the U.S. president as “Barack” during their news conference – and Obama were keen to send a message of solidarity after U.S-Japan ties were strained by Abe’s December visit to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism.

Japan lobbied hard to get the White House to agree to an official state visit, the first by a sitting U.S. president since Bill Clinton in 1996.

Abe is trying to soothe U.S. concerns that his conservative push to recast Japan’s war record with a less apologetic tone is overshadowing pragmatic policies on the economy and security.

“Seventy years ago, when the war ended, Japan gave grave damage and pain to many people, particularly people in Asia. Japan started taking post-war steps by reflecting on this. Japan and Japanese people have continued to take the path of peace for the past 70 years,” Abe told the joint news conference.

“Japan has strived to create a free and democratic country after the war. We have been building a country that respects human rights and the rule of law,” he said.

Source: Reuters “Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies”

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  • US Not Willing to Be Drawn into War by Japan or Philippines dated February 11, 2014
  • The US Will Be the Biggest Winner if Japan Is Defeated by China in the War dated February 5, 2014
  • The Mystery of What Biden Has Got in His Beijing Visit dated December 6, 2013

Obama Not to Commit Direct Military Involvement if China Takes Diaoyus by Force


Obama shaking hands with Abe

Obama shaking hands with Abe

It is very interesting that China’s official media CRI Online’s version of US President Obama’s words in reply to a reporter’s question what should be done if China sent troops to the Diaoyu Islands is quite different from the version in White House Office of Press Secretary’s Immediate Release on April 24.

CRI Onlne says in its special report: According a report on the news website of Japan’s NHK on April 24, when Obama was asked “whether US troops will be directly involved if China takes military action for the Diaoyu Islands”, Obama said that not all military conflicts require US troops’ involvement.

First the reporter’s question is quite different in White House’s version. In the Immediate Release, the question is “in regards to the Senkaku (known as Diaoyu in China) Islands, I just want to make sure that this is absolutely clear. Are you saying that the U.S. would consider using military force were China to have some sort of military incursion in those islands to protect those islands?”

In the Immediate Release, Obama replied, “With respect to the other issues that you raise, our position, Jim, the United States’ position is that countries should abide by international law; that those laws, those rules, those norms are violated when you gas children, or when you invade the territory of another country. Now, the implication of the question I think is, is that each and every time a country violates one of those norms the United States should go to war, or stand prepared to engage militarily, and if it doesn’t then somehow we’re not serious about those norms. Well, that’s not the case.”

Obama’s answer in the above paragraph is absolutely unclear. He said before the questions and answers section of the press conference, “We don’t take a position on final sovereignty determinations with respect to Senkakus”. Since the US does not regard the islands as Japanese territory, if China takes military action, it is not invasion of another country’s territory, but the resolution of territorial dispute by force. Therefore, what Obama said about a country violating on of those norms is entirely irrelevant.

It is not a case that “each and every time a country violates one of those norms the United States should go to war, or stand prepared to engage militarily”.

Obama said nothing about whether the US “would consider using military force”. What he made clear was that it is even less necessary for the US to be militarily involved as China’s invasion of the Diaoyus does not violate any of the norms he referred to.

However according to CRI Online’s version Obama produced a forced smile at the reporters question what should be done if China sent troops to the Diaoyu Islands and said, “that is a very difficult question that I am afraid I am unable to answer. The treaty between the United States and Japan preceded my birth; therefore, I am ignorant of lots of its background. I only believe that according to the tenets of the treaty, the territories under the administration of Japan are covered under the treaty.

“However, I’ve stressed in my talks with the Prime Minister that there should be no escalation of the confrontation between Japan and China and it is necessary to develop measures to improve Japan-Chinese relations. The U.S. is willing to provide diplomatic assistance.” In addition, Obama said, “Not all military conflicts require US military involvement.”

I do not know whether CRI Online’s version is an inaccurate translation of NHK report. If so it is the Japanese media that has distorted Obama’s words. Otherwise, it is the Chinese media that gives a distorted report to show that Obama was troubled by the question of whether the US has any intention to be militarily involved in the dispute over the islands that Obama referred to as “rocks”. It wants to show that Obama’s dilemma: He wants to assure Japan that the US will honor its commitments while he has no intention at all to be militarily involved if China takes the “rocks” by force. Why? It is simply not worthwhile. Who is so stupid as to shed his country’s youngsters’ blood for another country’s “rocks”.

That was precisely what I wrote in my post “US Not Willing to Be Drawn into War by Japan or Philippines” on February 11, 2014.

White House’s Immediate Release, however, displays Obama’s skill to hide his dilemma.

Source: CRI Online “Reporter: What if China sends troops to the Diaoyu Islands? Obama produced a forced smile” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese”

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China Shocks the US with its Aerospace Fighter Able to Reach the US in One Hour


Shenlong aerospace fighter jet

Shenlong aerospace fighter jet

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent call for the PLA to speed up building an integrated space and air force has drawn keen international attention. Foreign media are giving sensationalizing reports on that. There is no shortage of bold speculation. Some media have even reported that China is testing an aerospaceplane codenamed Shenlong that is able to reach the US in one hour. It deals a heavy blow at the US if what they report is true.

According to a report the US has most recently published, China is testing Shenlong aerospace fighter that is able to reach the US in one hour. The report says that Shenlong is much smaller than US X-37B fighter and has been researched for much less time, but it can carry small rockets with surprising power.

There is information that Fujiang Longxi Bearing (Group) Corp., Ltd. conscientiously cooperated with the research institute for the fighter in producing the bearings it needed. For that the institute gave the company a board of inscription and a letter of gratitude.

China has successfully carried out test flight of Shenlong, but it is too small. Now the space designers are perhaps trying to develop an enlarged version of Shenlong aerospaceplane.

Chinese aerospace equipment experts have held quite a few secret meetings for that and have begun the work on the design of the large aerospaceplane.

Russian media has also pointed out: large aerospaceplane is of great practical value; therefore, China has invested lots of funds and workforce in the research and development for it and has obtained considerable achievements.

Source: qianzhan.com “China’s Aerospace Fighter Able to Reach US in One Hour Shocks US”

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