Japan opens radar station close to disputed East China Sea islands


A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island (top), Minamikojima (bottom) and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island (top), Minamikojima (bottom) and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan on Monday will switch on a radar station in the East China Sea, giving it a permanent intelligence gathering post close to Taiwan and a group of disputed islands claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing.

The new Self Defence Force base on Yonaguni is at the western extreme of a string of Japanese islands in the East China Sea, 150 km (93 miles) south of the disputed islands known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.

“This radar station is going to irritate China,” said Nozomu Yoshitomi, a professor at Nihon University and a former major general in the Self Defence Force.

In addition to being a listening post, the facility could be used a base for military operations in the region, he added.

The deployment fits into a wider military build up along the island chain, which stretches 1,400 km (870 miles) from the Japanese mainland.

Policy makers last year told Reuters it was part of a strategy to keep China at bay in the Western Pacific as Beijing gains control of the neighboring South China Sea.

Toshi Yoshihara, a U.S. Naval War College professor, said Yonaguni sits next to two potential flash points in Asia – Taiwan and the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

“A network of overlapping radar sites along the island chain would boost Japan’s ability to monitor the East China Sea,” he added.

Yonaguni is only around 100 km (62 miles) east of Taiwan, near the edge of a controversial air defense identification zone set up by China in 2013.

Over the next five years, Japan will increase its Self-Defense Forces in the East China Sea by about a fifth to almost 10,000 personnel, including missile batteries that will help Japan draw a defensive curtain along the island chain.

Chinese ships sailing from their eastern seaboard must pass through this barrier to reach the Western Pacific, access to which Beijing needs both as a supply line to the rest of the world’s oceans and for naval power projection.

To mark the start of operations, Japan’s military will hold an opening ceremony on Monday. The 30 sq km (11 sq mile) outcrop is home to 1,500 people, who mostly raise cattle and grow sugar cane. The SDF contingent and their families will increase the population by a fifth.

(Editing by Lincoln Feast)

Source: Reuters “Japan opens radar station close to disputed East China Sea islands”


2 Comments on “Japan opens radar station close to disputed East China Sea islands”

  1. Steve says:

    On the contrary, this is an appropriate counter strategy against China from the Japanese point of view. I suppose Japan require an active defence posture otherwise their SDF would look like a lame duck.

    On the downside, this new radar station in Yonaguni is well within China’s designated area of active defence or A2/AD.

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  2. Ari says:

    IMPERIAL WASHINGTON’S “WAR OF CHAOS” BEING SCRIPTED FOR EAST ASIANS

    “Over the next five years, Japan will increase its Self-Defense Forces in the East China Sea by about a fifth to almost 10,000 personnel, including missile batteries that will help Japan draw a defensive curtain along the island chain.

    Chinese ships sailing from their eastern seaboard must pass through this barrier to reach the Western Pacific, access to which Beijing needs both as a supply line to the rest of the world’s oceans and for naval power projection.”

    “Defensive”? What crock. More like offensive containment of China.

    If that is the case, then strategically, Japan MUST be conquered and made a “province of continental China”. That surely MUST be the consequence for such a hostile attitude.

    Beijing’s future can be two fold : One, “states” of “Continental China” – like Japan, Korea, Mongolia, and Vietnam, can either learn to be independent associate states of “continental China”, like Europe, threatening not each other, or two, they can be autonomous states under Beijing – which becomes a Brussels-like capital overseeing the military defence and foreign affairs of “continental China”.

    Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Mongolia’s future depends on whether they wish to be hostile, belligerent, or friendly – seeing themselves as a brotherhood of Confucianistic nations in “Continental China” whose loyalty and identification begins and ends with East Asia or “continental China”. Attempts at dividing “continental China” or East Asia by any Washington through its appointed proxy regimes, will NOT be tolerated.

    “Continental China” or East Asia can be either one prosperous united common market of silmilar people, or become a divided “Middle-East” chaos through Washington’s wilful intervention. Mr Shinzo Abe should be served noticed. If Ms Angela Merkel can sit with the PM of Romania or Bulgaria, in Brussels, does Mr Abe has any problem sitting with Mr Xi in “Continental China’s” “Parliament”? Tokyo has 30 years to decide whether to see East Asia or “Continental China” coming together or spinning away in a centrifugal force of its, and Washington’s, making.

    As it is, Mr Abe is making dangerous moves which can only invite serious consequences for the people of Japan. Is Mr Abe making decisions in the interest of the Japanese and East Asian people, or in the interest of Imperial Washington? Unfortunately, the jury is in. Mr Shinzo Abe does NOT represent Japan and the Japanese people but the Neo Nazis in Washington. This will NOT augur well for East Asia and Japan.

    Lastly, as a digression, what about the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore? What grouping do these people of Malayo stock people belongs to? What about their diverse religion? Is it possible to coalesce them into an identifiable grouping? My view is that their religions makes it difficult. East Asia or “Continental China” may perhaps be open to the Indo-Chinese people of Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. Philippines is the only odd man out, being a devoutly Christian country as it is. Maybe it can join Austral-Asia or Oceania which groups Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific Islanders.

    The destinies of East Asia countries should trend naturally and logically along the direction outlined above, barring any intervention from Imperial Washington. The ball is in the courts of these countries. The question now, is, how much destruction, killings, deaths, and chaos must there be – as a result of Imperial Washington’s intervention – before East Asia is allowed to settle down in peace? Mr Abe’s current shot across China’s bow, on direction from Imperial Washington, is but further drawing open of the curtains of Imperial Washington’s “Chaos agenda” being visited upon East Asia and East Asians. Will East Asians be smart enough,and strong enough, to see through Imperial Washington’s agenda of chaos, and unite to nip Washington’s agents in the bud. Or will there be all-out war among East Asians … according to Imperial Washington’s script?

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