Japan Concerned as Chinese fighter ‘flies within 50km’ of Disputed IslandsPosted: August 14, 2016 | |
In its report “Chinese fighter ‘flies within 50km’ of disputed Diaoyu Islands” today SCMP says, “Chinese jet fighters have approached the disputed Diaoyu Islands several times since late May, with one flying within 50km of Japan’s territorial airspace around the islets, a source in the Japanese government has said. Tokyo scrambled its Air Self-Defence Force (ASDF) fighters in response”.
In fact, such operations of Chinese warplanes are quite common as China regard the islets as China’s. SCMP says, “Between April and June, Japan scrambled fighters against Chinese aircraft approaching its airspace a record 199 times, compared to 198 times in the preceding three months, the Defence Ministry said.”
SCMP also says “Tokyo has also voiced concerns over Chinese naval vessels that have sailed in and around Japanese territorial waters in the East China Sea, including in a contiguous zone around the Diaoyus.”
Tokyo’s concerns are quite ridiculous since it respects Hague ruling that regard Taiping Island as a rock for lack of inhabitability. The Diaoyus known in Japan as Senkakus also can be regarded as not inhabitable according to Hague ruling’s standards. They are but rocks. What is the problem for Chinese ships and warplanes to operate near them?
That is quite different for China as China rejects Hague ruling; therefore, China is justified to fish and exploit oil and gas within its exclusive economic zone 200 nautical miles around the Diaoyus.
As for Chinese government ships sailing within 12 nautical miles of those islets, even if those disputed islets are Japan’s territories, Japan shall not be concerned as the ships are conducting freedom of navigation operations there since Japan supports such freedom of navigation operations of US navy in the South China Sea. Japan shall not protest even if Chinese warships sail within 12 nautical miles of Japan’s four major islands.
That is why I said in my post “China Stupid in Opposing US Freedom of Navigation Operations” that the US is stupid in advocating freedom of navigation of its warships within China’s territorial waters while China is stupid in opposing such freedom. When Chinese navy has grown strong enough, its warships can conduct similar operations within 12 nautical miles of US coast.
Now, Japan also advocates such freedom and Chinese navy is quite strong compared with Japan’s. It can send its warships within 12 nautical miles of Japanese coast, let alone the Diaoyus that China regards as its own. Japan shall welcome such freedom of navigation operations instead of being concerned!
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