Area within 9-dash Line Is China’s Lake, Japan Dare Not Challenge ThatPosted: June 25, 2017
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 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-defence-carrier-idUSKBN19E138.