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China vs Japan:on collision course for war? (updates)



--- Quote ---Japan coast guard detects 4 Chinese ships near E. China Sea disputed islands
By: PNA/Sputnik
September 11, 2016 4:19 PM

TOKYO - Four Chinese ships entered Japanese territorial waters on Sunday near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the Japan Coast Guard said.

The uninhabited Senkaku islands, known as the Diaoyutai Islands in China, have soured relations between Tokyo and Beijing for decades. They are currently controlled by Japan.

The Japan Coast Guard said that trespassing Chinese vessels stayed in Japanese waters for one-and-a-half hours despite being asked to leave.


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East China Sea: Dress Rehearsal for Invasion?

Real Clear Defense

--- Quote ---August 30, 2016

The various scenarios for war in the East China Sea, and possibly in the South China Sea, usually fall into two main categories. There is the “accidental” fight scenario. A Chinese destroyer’s radar locks onto a Japanese warship. The Japanese captain fires back in self-defense and the incident spirals out of control.

That is one scenario. Another, possibly more realistic, is the “swarm” scenario: Several hundred “fishing boats” sail from ports in Zhejiang province for the Senkaku, where they overwhelm the Japanese Coast Guard by their sheer numbers.

This time, the fishing boats land some 200 or so commandoes disguised as fishermen or “settlers.” The Senkakus are not garrisoned by Japanese troops, so no shots are fired. The Chinese side says it is not using force, merely taking possession of what it claims to be its sovereign territory.
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East China Sea: Japan scrambles jets as China flies fleet near disputed islands | CNN - September 26, 2016

--- Quote ---Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the jets were sent up after eight Chinese military planes crossed between Okinawa and the Miyako islands near Taiwan. He said that two of the aircraft were thought to be fighter jets.

He added that the planes didn't "trespass" into Japan's territorial airspace, although he said it was the first time that Chinese military aircraft had been seen in the Miyako Strait.

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Shen Jinke, an official with the People's Liberation Army Air Force, said that a fleet of 40 aircraft were sent to the West Pacific via the Miyako Strait Sunday for a "routine drill on the high seas," according to China's official Xinhua news agency.

The fleet, which included H-6K bombers, Su-30 fighters and air tankers, simulated reconnaissance and early warning attacks on sea-surface targets. It also conducted in-flight refueling to test the Air Force's fighting capacity, Xinhua added.
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