China’s Retaliation at Japan’s Interference in South China Sea

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (L) meets Chinese ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua in Tokyo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 9, 2016. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (L) meets Chinese ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua in Tokyo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 9, 2016. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via

It has been Japan’s earnest desire that the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) will be entirely unfavorable to China as that will give China enough trouble in the South China Sea and help contain China’s rise. Japan sees China’s rise as a threat as no one can be sure that China will not retaliate the misery Japan caused to China when it invaded China. It has turned out that the ruling is entirely unfavorable, but China’s strong response that challenges the US to fight and US inaction has resulted in Chinese dominance of the South China Sea. Now, Chinese air force is conducting regular combat patrol of the South China Sea to scare rival claimants, especially the Philippines.

In order to further scare the Philippines and retaliate Japan’s interference with China’s disputes with the Philippines, China now takes counteroffensive in the East China Sea by sending an unprecedented large fleet of government ships to the sea areas near the disputed Diaoyu Islands (known as Senkakus in Japan) to provide protection China’s large fishing operation there.

What can Japan do in response?

Japan protests but China simply disregards the protests and stresses the islands and the water near them are China’s.

Reuters says that Japan has warned China of worsening ties over the dispute, but in the past the ties were deteriorated due to the dispute and Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine. It was Japan that took the initiative to improve the ties while China simply does not care about that. Japan has lots of investment and interest in China. It will be Japan who suffers greatly from the deterioration of ties.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters report, full text of which can be viewed below:

Japan warns China of worsening ties over East China Sea dispute

Japan warned China on Tuesday that ties were “deteriorating markedly” over disputed East China Sea islets, and China’s envoy in Tokyo reiterated Beijing’s stance that the specks of land were its territory and called for talks to resolve the row.

Tensions between Asia’s two largest economies have risen since Japan saw an increasing number of Chinese coastguard and other government ships sailing near the disputed islets, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, over the past few days.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called in Chinese ambassador Cheng Yonghua for the second time since Friday and told him that China was trying to change the status quo unilaterally, a Japanese foreign ministry statement said.

It also said Kishida told Cheng that the environment surrounding Sino-Japanese ties was deteriorating markedly.

Cheng said after the meeting that he told Kishida the islands were an integral part of China’s territory and that the dispute should be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue.

“I told him that … it is natural that Chinese ships conduct activity in the waters in question,” he told reporters.

“I also told him both countries need to work on dialogue through diplomatic channels so as not to make things more complicated and escalated,” Cheng said.

Kishida summoned Cheng after the latest flare-up in tensions over dozens of Chinese vessels that sailed near the islands at the weekend. Cheng was also called in by Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama on Friday.

The flurry of Chinese incursions into the waters follows a period of sustained pressure on China about its activities in the South China Sea, and Chinese criticism of what it saw as Japanese interference in that dispute.

The United States, its Southeast Asian allies and Japan have questioned Chinese land reclamation on contested islands in the South China Sea, particularly since an international court rejected China’s historic claims to most of that sea last month.

China has refused to recognise the court ruling on a case brought by the Philippines. Japan called on China to adhere to it, saying it was binding but Beijing warned Japan not to interfere.

Ties between China and Japan, the world’s second and third largest economies, have been plagued by the territorial row, the legacy of Japan’s wartime occupation of parts of China and regional rivalry.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka and Nobuhiro Kubo; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim and Paul Tait)


4 Comments on “China’s Retaliation at Japan’s Interference in South China Sea”

  1. Fre Okin says:

    Japan’s allies like Philippines, Vietnam and even Taiwan are fools. They welcome Japanese interference in the South China Sea under pretext of ‘security’. They are actually Used By Japan to Divert the Chinese from Diaoyu/Senkaku.

    A favorite trick of the Japanese is giving free patrol boats to VN and PH, hoping they are idiots to start a war with China. Easy soft loans to finance their military.

    The people of Vietnam and Philippines, Taiwan should smarten up. All these countries were colonies at one time because they were not too bright. Hopefully the current generation can see through the Japanese scheme to use them to take China’s attention from Diaoyu/Senkaku.

    Japan’s Collective Defense is really a scheme cooked up with US to Pivot To South China Sea. US need Japan to do the dirty work for her. Japan need US, VN, PH, TW to Hide her Real Intention of diverting the Chinese from Diaoyu/Senkaku. This is all a Game of GO, a game of diversion invented by the Chinese about 2000 years ago.

    If VN, PH, TW still have not learn their lessons, they will sacrificed as front line countries in the war with China. All accomplices in this axis will have to pay for harboring Japan and US.


  2. johnleecan says:

    It is USA plan to use Japan to start a war with China so it can use a preemptive nuclear strike on China and blame China so it can free itself of the trillions of dollars it owes China.

    But a preemptive nuclear strike on China means Russia will also use their nuclear weapons against USA even before the missiles strike China.


  3. Joseph says:

    The fact that China takes offensive action when time is favorable, is actually a proof of great leadership. It is good to see China in the offensive, while Japan and it’s American master are on the defensive for once. Especially if it is really the retaliation for what the Japs has done on the SCS. Back then, Japan ignored China’s warning not to get involved on the SCS. Now after China firmly established itself on the SCS, it is time to take back East China Sea and go after Japan to make good the warnings China had given. By now, as the US navy turned tail, the Japs must have known that they have followed the wrong master. I wonder what would become of Japanese newly planned female army recruits. With the American gone, there will be no need for an army of comfort women. And I am sure the Chinese will have no need for such ‘special purpose’ female soldiers.


  4. Steve says:

    Japan are against the ropes due to their unwarranted display of cowardly heroics supporting the law abusing PCA arbitral tribunal award, insisting that China is a rogue (bully) country that is not abiding the SCS ruling. Japan and Australia are riding the waves of US support for the Philippines initiated PCA arbitration against China, but to no avail. It’s only natural for China, the most powerful nation in Asia to teach the unrepentant WW11 barbaric savages not to interfere in matters that is none of their business.