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Diaoyu Islands

The Diaoyu Islands are a group of uninhabited islands located roughly due east of mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands. They are currently controlled by Japan, which calls them Senkaku Islands. Both China and Taiwan claim sovereignty over the islands. 


PLA warns US over backing Japan in Diaoyus row

PLA cautions visiting American envoy against backing Japan in East China Sea territorial spat

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 September, 2013, 3:02pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 September, 2013, 4:52am

The PLA told the United States this week not to support Japan, nor let it do as it pleased, over the disputed Diaoyus in the East China Sea, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Major General Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief of general staff of the People's Liberation Army, said during scheduled talks with US counterparts in Beijing that China was determined to defend its territory, but had all along exercised restraint.

This issue should not become a problem between China and the United States, and China hopes that the United States does not become a third party in this issue
Major General Wang Guanzhong

"This issue should not become a problem between China and the United States, and China hopes that the United States does not become a third party in this issue," the ministry quoted Wang as telling the US undersecretary of defence for policy, James Miller.

"The United States should maintain a consistent stance and policy, not send wrong signals nor support and connive with the relevant country to do as they please," Wang said.

He said China hoped the US would handle the issue appropriately to ensure it did not affect mutual strategic trust.

The ministry cited Miller as saying in response that the US did not take a position on the sovereignty issue of the Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan.

He called for all sides to exercise restraint and supported China to use diplomatic means to resolve the matter.

Wang said military relations were a "weak link" in Sino-US mutual strategic trust, and called on Washington to understand China's goal in an objective manner.

He also urged Washington to respect Beijing's interests in Taiwan.

"China will definitely not make any concession regarding Taiwan," Wang reportedly told Miller.

"The US should, bearing in mind the overall interest of the Sino-US relationship, review its policies towards Taiwan to ensure the stable development of military ties between the two nations under the existing international strategic landscape, and changes in Sino-US ties and cross-straits relations."

Aircraft and ships from Japan and China have played cat-and-mouse in the vicinity of the islands in recent months, raising fears of conflict, perhaps sparked by an accident.

Additional reporting by Teddy Ng


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Warn all you want. Japan is America's closest and strongest ally in Asia and the Pacific. If Chinese PLA is stupid enough to act with military aggression against Japan, it will face an unequivocal response from the US Pacific fleet. Remembering back to the last quasi-confrontation between the US and China in 1996 (Chinese missiles firing into the territorial water of Taiwan), US aircraft carrier groups effectively blinded the PLA radar defense system (EMS overload) and targeted all of its missile sites and command positions (repeatedly electronic-pinning these targets) and forced Jiang Ji Men to cease all military exercises unceremoniously. Now, China is much better prepared to meet the US Navy with its much-modernized and expanded area-denial/anti-access (AD/AC) capabilities (submarines, mines and drones) than it was 18 years ago. Nevertheless, its ability to control an area like the Diayou Islands is suspectful, while the US has integrated an impressive array of new technologies and weaponries to augment its much tested Aegis surface warfare and submarines. If a full scale naval battle ensues between the US and China, we will see an awesome display of military innovations ranging from airborne laser to disarming EMS pulses to destroy underwater mines and to debilitate submarines. The best bet is for China to refrain from escalating the dispute into a confrontation with the US. Chinese leadership is too smart to engage in a fight that they can not possibly win!
Let's hope that cooler heads prevail. The potential for accidental provocations that grow into a full blown conflict is my main concern. Both sides need to stand down and keep a respectful distance from each other's forces.
China again demonstrating, sulking and threatening like a spoiled child. It won't work.
"The world never had the United States appointed as the leader of the world"
Ummm...actually yes it did, after WW2 when the civilized world was facing nuclear annihilation from the Communist bloc. In fact, the reason WW2 occurred was because there was no world leader to prevent countries like Nazi Germany & Imperial Japan from rising.
Haha, the PLA can warn the US all it wants. There's nothing the Communist Party can do. And Japan is only getting stronger.
"Are you a cowardly Japanese spy?"
no, I am a proud Chinese. The Communists tried to destroy what was the true China. Now the real Chinese will rise up and take back the Motherland.
"the USA could not face back street Taliban gangs in Afghanistan"
Actually, they have been facing them down, and are still doing so quite thoroughly. The fact that they keep popping up doesn't mean the US hasn't been killing a lot of them. The USA has been improving their drones & surveillance technology throughout the past decade. They even managed to find & kill Osama Bin Laden, the most wanted terrorist with complete surprise to him.
The United States should be reminded that she is not the leader of the world, although she might wish to be. Nor is she the policeman of the world. The world never had the United States appointed as the leader of the world nor the policeman. Stop being so arrogant! Especially since those islands should have been given back to Taiwan and NOT to Japan. They are DO NOT belong to Japan.
mbophui, would you reveal yourself? Are you a cowardly Japanese spy?
I do not back down no matter how big the bully and I hope China will not back down. China may face an "unequivocal response" from the US Pacific fleet, but the USA could not face back street Taliban gangs in Afghanistan. Quite clearly naval engagements are not China's strength so China must fight its own fight its own way and I cannot believe that China does not have a plan.


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