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Air Defence Identification Zone

The Air Defense Identification Zone is airspace over land or water in which the ready identification, location, and control of civil aircraft over land or water is required in the interest of national security. China's Defence Ministry announced its ADIZ over a vast area in the East China Sea on November 23, 2013, which covers the area around the Diaoyu islands, controlled by Japan and known as the Senkaku Islands. The establishment of this zone drew strong opposition from Japan, the US and South Korea, becoming a flashpoint in East Asian politics and security. 


Chances of war between China and Japan increasing, says ex-PLA officer Luo Yuan

Retired PLA general says China is ready and rejects claims of Japanese combat superiority, although some analysts are not convinced

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 April, 2014, 6:21pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 April, 2014, 5:00pm


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A retired People's Liberation Army senior officer says a war with Japan over territorial disputes is becoming increasingly likely and that China is more than capable of defending itself.

Other military experts are not convinced the PLA would win any future conflict, despite China's military build-up and modernisation.

Some cite the PLA's lack of battle experience as well as technological weaknesses in certain areas, aircraft engines for example, that could hinder the PLA's fighting capability.

China and Japan moved closer to armed conflict after Beijing established its first air defence identification zone last November in the East China Sea to include the disputed Diaoyu islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan, Major General Luo Yuan said.

"China should remain in a high state of vigilance because Japan has a history of manufacturing small incidents to trigger military conflict," Luo said.

Luo, a vice-president of a Beijing-based think tank of retired military officers, the China Strategy Culture Promotion Association, dismissed suggestions in some Japanese media reports that the country had air combat superiority because its pilots and crews had greater experience and training.

"That conclusion is a deceptive tactic used by Japan to confuse the public," he said.

China has several military airports ... that could provide logistical support
Luo Yuan, retired PLA Major General

The PLA has deployed its most advanced aircraft and logistical support to military bases along China's southeast coast, a move designed to show that the army is prepared for any military conflict in the area.

"So far, all aircraft sent by both countries to the Diaoyu waters have been third-generation fighter jets. The PLA's newest and most advanced planes entered service at the turn of this century, including the J-10, J-11B and the [Russian-made] Su-27," said Luo.

"In contrast, Japan has deployed to the region only about 30 F-15Js, which their air force has used since the 1980s."

Luo declined to say how many fighter jets the PLA would mobilise in an armed conflict. He said China had an overwhelming advantage in the number and types of aircraft available.

"China has several military airports along the southeast coast that could provide effective logistical support to PLA fighter jets because those air force bases are much closer to the Diaoyus," he said.

"But in Japan, there is just one airport close to the Diaoyus: Naha airport in Okinawa."

Canada-based magazine Kanwa Asian Defence said the PLA's missile strategic force had deployed its S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile batteries at bases in Fujian since 2012.

Ni Lexiong , director of a defence policy research centre at the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, said he was not convinced the PLA would have the upper hand in any conflict.

"It's a fact that China's logistical support near the Diaoyus is better than Japan's because military bases in Fujian and Zhejiang province have been ready for war with Taiwan since the 1950s," he said. "But we shouldn't ignore the Americans, who would play a decisive role in any armed conflict between China and Japan."

Luo argued the US would not intervene in any conflict.

Macau-based military observer Antony Wong Dong said that if hostilities did break out with Japan, all military bases and facilities on land and sea would be targets for bombing.

"China has more fighter jets than Japan, but one Japanese pilot is probably equivalent to at least three PLA pilots due to their intensive training and joint drills with the US air force," he said.


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Would be great if China or any country just stomped out Japan off the face of the earth.............the Japanese are nothing but a bunch of imperialistic criminals that have never let go of what they hoped to accomplish from WWII............Abe is trying to provoke China to take the first step and hopefully, we will all be able to see Japan for the war criminals they have always been.
let it go, move on
the only reason japan has ANY military is to protect itself from the petulant child china cry babies
A juvenile and simplistic response... Truly, the words of a dictator in the making and one who advocates genocide. Shameful.
Really, what would you do if you only had Made in China, PRC stuff in your house, on your person and under your feet from now on? That would be one terrifying world, I for one still think the Japanese still makes the best stuff!
China has the international responsibility to continue to modernize it's military in order to neutralize the threat of the Americans. The world simply cannot allow a war lingering country to have superiority over the arms race leading to a de facto control over the world's resources. It is particularly important that a peaceful nation such as China hold a key responsibility in keeping war mongering nations such as Japan in check.
Armed Conflicts since WWII involving China: 7
Armed Conflicts since WWII involving Japan: 0
You mean Japan did by whitewashing its history. Otherwise, Koreans would be cry babies too per your rationale because they most certainly have not let it go.
Only a fool would consider military force as a means to settle disputes. GET A REAL JOB ex-PLA General and stop playing with your toy soldiers. Find an honourable job, pay your taxes and improve the livelihood of your fellow countrymen and women.
The PLA and CCP's old and often reused punch lines for Japan's past aggression is becoming boring and dull. Japan has nothing to gain by commencing a military campaign against anyone. No one has the stomach for any bloody fights in this day and age.
So get stuffed, EX PLA Major General!
Attacking Japan gets china involved in a war with a real military. Are you ready to die? Did not think so.
This is a joke, first of all Japan as no invading power per say, no thanks, no attach choppers, the only way there would be a war is if China invaded Japan, not a tiny island, Japan Core and why in hell would China do this? No reason or interest for China. Therefore no war to see in the future but please do continue to insult each other it always makes a good forum.
That will spell the end of PRC as we know it. Remember what happened when the Qing Dynasty went to war with Japan? Whenever China feels confident about its military might, a defeat lurks around the corner.



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