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China's 'dangerous acts' at sea could have consequences, warns Japan white paper

Tokyo criticises Chinese and North Korean military action in disputed waters, stoking concerns over a possible escalation in conflict

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 August, 2014, 11:55am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 August, 2014, 2:43am
 

Japan warned that China’s “dangerous acts” over territorial claims in the East China Sea could lead to “unintended consequences” in the region, as fears grow of a potential military clash.

Japan’s annual defence white paper was adopted by hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ministers at a cabinet meeting, heaping criticism on Beijing’s unilateral declaration of an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) late last year.

The ADIZ sparked regional criticism as well as condemnation from Washington, while commentators voiced concern over the growing chances of an armed conflict between the two Asian powers.

Tokyo’s paper noted that China's military budget had quadrupled over the past decade and said Japan was seeing an “increasingly severe” security environment.

By comparison, Japan’s military budget had been on the decline since 2002, but it took an upward turn, rising 2.2 per cent in the current fiscal year, according to the paper.

“Japan is deeply concerned about the establishment of ‘the East China Sea ADIZ’ which is profoundly dangerous act that … [may] escalate the situation and may cause unintended consequences” in the region, the 505-page paper said.

Chinese vessels and aircraft have regularly approached an East China Sea archipelago claimed by both countries after Tokyo nationalised some of the chain in 2012, which is believed to harbour vast natural resources below its seabed.

The islands are called the Diaoyu by China and Senkaku by Japan.

In a June confrontation, Tokyo said that two Chinese fighter jets flew within 30 metres of its aircraft in an area where the two nations’ air defence zones overlap.

Beijing responded that it was Japanese military planes that flew dangerously close to its aircraft.

China has also laid claim to much of the South China Sea, angering Vietnam, the Philippines and other Southeast Asian nations.

“In regard to conflicts over maritime interests, China has adopted assertive measures, including attempting to alter the status quo by coercive measures … which is incompatible with the existing international law and order,” the paper said.

“These measures include dangerous acts that could cause unintended consequences and raise concerns over China’s future direction,” it added.

Tokyo’s defence paper also warned that an unpredictable North Korea “repeatedly uses militarily provocative words and actions”.

“Such military trends in North Korea constitute a serious destabilising factor to the security not only of Japan but of the entire region and the international community,” the paper said.

It briefly mentioned other territorial disputes including a row over Seoul-controlled islets – called Dokdo by South Korea and Takeshima by Japan – and the Russian-administered Kuril Islands, which Tokyo calls the Northern Territories.

“These territorial issues remain unsolved,” it said.

Abe has vowed to boost spending on Japan’s Self-Defence Forces, with Tokyo last month loosening the bonds on its powerful military, proclaiming the right to go into battle in defence of allies. The move was a highly controversial shift in the nation’s pacifist stance.

Abe’s government has also lifted a self-imposed ban on weapons exports.

His cabinet has agreed to spend 24.7 trillion yen (HK$1.87 trillion) between this year and 2019 on various hardware, including drones, submarines, fighter jets and amphibious vehicles.

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daily
Definitely time to drop another nuke on Japan, and this time, hopefully right on Abe so that the world will have one less problem to deal with.
req
Japan was a democracy before WW2 right? Doesn't deter outright aggression does it?
53b625c6-e688-4f69-b873-743d0a320969
I am really saddened for the Japanese people whose strong opposition to Abe has no effect whatsoever.
Abe is going to repeat his grandfather's illlusion and cruelty by sending innocent Japanese to die for a delusion of grandeur.
For a misguided idea of empire, Abe is willing to scarify masses of Japanese as cannon fodder.
Abe should remember, Japan will have to pay a heavier price now as China is not unarmed as she was in 1930s.
I really feel sad for Japanese people living under such a demon.
53b625c6-e688-4f69-b873-743d0a320969
China has to be on high alert just like people living close to a bunch of pit bulls suffering from rabid.
No one can predict what mad dogs do.
Abe is clearly not sane as he totally blocks out what he and Japan have done to provoke war .
To call China dangerous by him is like for a serial killer to call the young girl he intends to rape and kill violent.
His utter envy of China will drive him to do anything.
In his half witted mind, Japan should be the no 1 in Asia if not in the world and China is throwing a road block on his path to glory.
He will use all gory ways to malign and attack China until Japan regains its supremacy again.
A supremacy of slaughter, mass torture and gang rape not to mention mass looting and burning.
CHINA MUST STRENGTHEN THE BORDERS AND INSTALL ALL DEVICIES TO PROVE HER INNOCENCE IN CASE THE RABID FOT GOES ON MAD RAMPAGE.
mh0908
第九条 日本国民は、正義と秩序を基調とする国際平和を誠実に希求し、国権の発動たる戦争と、武力による威嚇又は武力の行使は、国際紛争を解決する手段としては、永久にこれを放棄する。
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二 前項の目的を達するため、陸海空軍その他の戦力は、これを保持しない。国の交戦権は、これを認めない。
lamlm38
huh? WTF!!!
Daniel Lee
Japanese government actions are very criminal in nature just like their war criminals ancestors. In reinterpreting it's "Peace Constitution" Japan is using unconstitutional means to get around the spirit and purpose of the "Peace Constitution" making it into a "War Constitution:. These kind of manipulations proves the illegality of Japanese moves to make japan into a militaristic country again. By manipulating her "Peace Constitution", Japan is trying to join the US on her illegal wars. The reinterpretation of Japan's "Peace Constitution" is tantamount to allowing Japan to break laws just like allowing rapists to rape when the law forbids crimes like rape. This kind of behaviour is a repeat of what happened during the 1930's. Japan not only violates her constitution but also breaks international law. Shinzo Abe's government is the worse thing that can happen to Japan and is a threat to Japan's neighbours.
req
Genetics. It runs in their descendants. Those who died are gone forever and the criminals have proliferated.
53b625c6-e688-4f69-b873-743d0a320969
When has japan been invaded by anyone?
It fought with Russia on Chinese soil for possession of Chinese territory in 1905 while China did nothing.
If China was Japan and Japan was China, Japan would armed itself to the teeth.
China's defense budget increased a modest 12% this year, adding to the 10% increase of last year and the year before, the total is utmost 40% increase in four years.
Abe can even do the simple math when he said Chinese military has quadrupled.
Abe has changed Japanese constitution from pacifist to aggressive one by ignoring the will of overwhelming majority of Japanese with tricks.
One Japanese has tried to burn himself to death to stop Abe.
Abe is the first cause and origin of all the trouble in E China sea by changing status quo and defying international law and international treaty Potsdam and Cairo agreements.
53b625c6-e688-4f69-b873-743d0a320969
Abe is not living in reality.
Japan has set up ADIZ more than 40 years ago.
Did China condemn Japan for being aggressive?
Japan started the whole instability in E China sea by breaking the 1970 consensus to shelf Diaoyu issue to a future day.
Without any consultation with China or anyone else, Japan unilaterally nationalized Chinese islands.
The subsequent provocations are glaring such as to include Chinese diaoyu in **** map and changed school textbooks to include Diaoyu to be part of Japan.
Now Abe is insane enough to name the five inlets.
Abe is living in a zone where facts do not exist.

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