Area within 9-dash Line Is China’s Lake, Japan Dare Not Challenge That

Reuters is pleased to report Japanese warship’s travel in Chinese lake within China’s nine-dash line in its report “Japanese warship takes Asian guests on cruise in defiance of China” on June 23. It regards Japan’s move as a challenge at China’s nine-dash line, but Japan dare not sail near any of Chinese artificial islands like the US did but made clear it was but carrying routine freedom of navigation operation in order not to upset China.

Japan certainly dare not do what the US has done. It sailed in Chinese lake but China has never said that it did not allow others’ warships sailing there. It even allowed others to carry naval drills there as long as the drills as declared by those who conducted the drills were not directed at China.

Reuters stressed in its report that ASEAN military officers were on board of Japanese warship, but could not mention the officers’ ranks as their ranks were not worth mentioning.

From that you can see the Japanese warship’s travel in the South China Sea is meaningless.

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



2 Comments on “Area within 9-dash Line Is China’s Lake, Japan Dare Not Challenge That”

  1. Joseph says:

    Yeah, last time Japanese warship docked in Manila, they ‘insisted’ Duterte to visit in which Duterte said he ‘would’ visit if he had time and he never did. When Chinese warships docked in Davao, Duterte rushed home to visit the warships and commented the warships were like hotels because they had nice carpets. The American was desperate to get rid their rusty coast guard cutters to Phillipines that they were unwilling to throw in some courtesy carpets.
    After Ming Dynasty’s intervention of Malaya, they stationed an army garrison there to ward off the European invaders. After Ming Dynasty’s demise, the army garrison was gone. The panicked rulers of Malaya would ask local Chinese community leaders to dress like Ming’s army commanders, and granted them official title of Kapiten Cina or Chinese Captain. It might look silly but it kept European invaders away for centuries. Those kapitens even kept their titles even under European colonial rule, until the British defeated Qing Dynasty in 1841, and the Malayans were convinced that Imperial Ming Dynasty would never come back. The Reuters may simply be inspired by this story. Those ASEAN ‘military officers’ aboard Japanese warship may only be Japanese in ASEAN military uniforms. After all military uniforms are cheap to reproduce today, unlike Chinese Imperial battle armor back then.
    Come to think of it, in American military TV series JAG, once there was an Indonesian episode with Indonesian Naval Captain spoke in fluent Chinese-American ascent, and his adjudants, while looking Filipino in Indonesian naval uniforms, sat in distinctive Chinese Army ridgid sitting posture. Nobody in Indonesia sits that way.


  2. Fre Okin says:

    The other reason is the water is much shallower near the artificial islands and Japan fear the Izumo may be shipwrecked there and need to beg the Chinese to help them out. The whole US FON is highly scripted to avoid embarrassing grounding while sailing through shallow waters.