China Warns It Will Respond "Forcefully" To Japanese Violation Of Its "Territorial Sovereignty"

Tyler Durden's picture

While the topic of the Japanese purchase of the contested [Senkaku|Diaoyu] Islands may have receded from the front pages of global media for lack of any major recent developments, the issue is still quite ripe in the minds of over 1 billion Chinese (and several hundred million Japanese, not to mention the executives of Japanese car and electronics makers who have seen a cliff-like collapse in purchases of their products by Chinese consumers in the past month). However, just because it is out of sight, does not mean it is out of mind, the front page of the official Chinese Daily is out with a big piece titled "China says no concession on territorial sovereignty" in which it makes it abundantly clear that Japan will have no choice but to back down in what China continues to consider an "aggressive" invasion of its territorial sovereignty. And to avoid any confision. Xinhua clarifies that if "anyone wants to challenge China's bottom line on the issue of sovereignty, China will have no alternative but to respond forcefully so as to remove disturbance and obstacles and move steadily on the path of peaceful development."

So just like Europe, where nothing has been resolved, but merely swept under the ECB's ever bigger rug, and is merely waiting to be unleashed in the next risk-flaring episode, so the territorial dispute in Asia will escalate until either Japan backs down, or China finally makes good on its threat. One can only hope the two don't coincide as the system, already stressed out to the max, will see another major exogenous shock, only this time with the Fed already 'all in', there is nothing incremental that Bernanke's policy will be able to do to avoid the subsequent shock as the global financial system takes another major step down, precisely as David Einhorn warned.

From the front page of China Daily:

China on Friday said it will take forceful measures in response to any moves that challenge the country's bottom line on sovereignty.


"We want to live in friendship with all countries including Japan, but we have to uphold our principles and bottom line," Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun told reporters Friday night.


Zhang said China pursues a policy of friendship and partnership with its neighboring countries and stays committed to the path of peaceful development.


"However, should anyone want to challenge China's bottom line on the issue of sovereignty, China will have no alternative but to respond forcefully so as to remove disturbance and obstacles and move steadily on the path of peaceful development," he said.


Zhang said Japanese government's "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands, which was announced on September 10, constituted a grave violation of China's territorial sovereignty.

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Ignorance is bliss's picture

The gauntlet has been thrown. Waiting to see how the U.S. and Japan respond. Our hegemonic might in that area of the world is being challenged by China.This isn't like beating the crap out of a third world nation like Iraq. Watching history unfold is way more interesting then watching the Kardashians.

THX 1178's picture

DUN DUN DUN. How expensive will this get?

ToNYC's picture

"Le jeu ne vaut pas la chandelle" as they say en Francais. I'd have as much chance perfecting my ownership for my legal private purchase as a bloke in Perth buying a nice valley parcel in Sardinia by mail.

mick68's picture


China is the perfect opportunity to test the newest version of our weapons of mass destruction. A billion people, lousy defense, and military equipment made in China.

markmotive's picture

According to Lew Rockwell, the Fed enables war! Can we blame the Fed if China and Japan go to war?

cranky-old-geezer's picture



Hmmmm.... perhaps you overlooked that sleeper up there behind China, aka Russia.

Or do you look forward to WWIII?

Dragon Empire's picture

Your 2012 version of WMD, which everyone else on earth refer to as "stupiditiy", is indeed even more destructive than your 2008 version.

Silver Bug's picture

China is one angry beast that you don't want coming after you. Be careful where you tread Japan.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Japan could go nuclear in 10 days.  Is that what China wants?  China is over-rated.  Historically they ALWAYS screw-up on the verge of greatness.  The Communist Dynasty will likely fare no differently.

And all of this might be the spark to get Japan back into motion.  They have been through so much that they have been shell-shocked by Fukushima and so much else.  A nationalistic jolt could bring them back.  Japan would matter again.

Careful, China!  TOUCH Japan, get your fingers burnt!

Precious's picture

Those Chinese women are marching into Tokyo nightclubs where they will lap dance Japan into submission.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

The Japanese DO like everything in order.  That precision marching will be a big turn on, the salarymen will lap it up...

meizu's picture

China calculated that Japan can go nuclear very quickly, that's why they allowed north korea to build nukes.  Also US would not want japan to have nukes, because the first thing a nationalistic japan will do is expell the US military, and US will loose one of its biggest debt buyers.

Omen IV's picture

not a chance - the Japanese are in no shape to challenge china - the usa has been going after small fry so that the MIC could make money - had their clock cleaned in Korea and Vietnam and then playing since - hasnt had a real  game changer since Cuba / Russia in 62' called the bluff and gave up defensive perimeter in turkey

the world is sick of USA tactics - it's all coming to an end as russia and china become the new great wall

earleflorida's picture

'living in the past does have many a glorious and reconstituted litmus-moments... but when applied to the present, leaves but a senior moment facing down reality in a world where the only constant... is change!'

... and americana?-- is where on this exploding timeline of a drug'd-out-hopium indoctrinated?... sub-society, lobotomized and fed fiat 'soylent-green fodder?

where ?!

j0nx's picture

The Chinese are like the Chicago Cubs. They get into the pennant race once in a while but they always fuck it up before the series.

vato poco's picture

They just need some lebensraum, is all. Well, that and decent pitching.

moskov's picture

Yes. JAPAN will get their nukes in 10 DAYS, so does North Korea, Iran, Sudan, Syria....every country whom the West hates them for having an anuclear capability (Sorry for the fact that the world is flat today) . I beg Japanese does need the nuclear capability back so that they can also make sure the US, who has ever bombed the hell of them in Hiroshima and Nagasaki would get their revenge back. It's not like Japanese has never done any extreme tactics like Pearl Harbor before. It's so funny average Americans would just believe Japanese would forgive them for whatever reason while at the same time, their defender the US army are raping little girls in Okinawa. Who's the real whore of this region geopolitically? You go figure.

Oh, by the way, Japan is an island state. It has no buffer zone or extra land for their population to migrate to if they have been carpet-bombed by nucleal bombs and radioactive climate, Plus they have quite a high density of nuclear plants located every corner of the country (Fukushimas) too. And almost half of its total population are packed in Tokyo alone. Good luck with playing nuclear fireworks with China and Russia.

Or by the way, if Japan does believe they should have the nuclear weapon in the region as the former defeated axises of evil that has caused WW2. Then the United Nations should declare all nations are elightable to have nuclear weapons. Your break the chain, you swallow the consequence.

At the end of the day, If US does want to sacrifice its eternal destiny by playing war games at the tipping point of over throwing the entire world order after WW2, then let make it happen then. I do believe China does want to take over the Asia, Russia does want to re-become the USSR, Germany does want to declare the unification of EU, Muslim World does want to have the final holy war against the Western world, and even many of the extremist lonewolves would like to gain a pie out of this total chaos and end game.


Careful US, TOUCH the Pandora's Box, get your life finished



earleflorida's picture

fact: the japanese were developing an atomic bomb during the war with china and subsequently after entering wwii. but, they refused to pursue it! why?

answer:  it was such an unethical weapon of mas destruction that their most hated adversaries deserved a more humane way of defeat!

not to mention the opening of 'pandora's box'...

moskov's picture

So that's the reason Why the Japs had chosen babaric jet-bombs to crash the Pearl Harbor ......Because they believed Americans were so cheap and trashy as they didn't deserve the high-quality crafted bombs made by Japanese engineering..Really Funny and insightful, thanks!

vato poco's picture

Read up someday about the Jap Army atrocities at Nanking and a thousand other places in China. Learn someday about the IJA Unit 731: the guys who did medical tests on captured Chinese, including vivisections with no anesthesia - 'cause they were *curious*, see. Find out sometime about the biological & germ warfare they conducted on China - up to and including the bredding and release of plague-bearing rats into Chinese cities, resulting in an estimated 50K dead. And then tell us about Japanese "honor" and how "humane" they were.

Don't get me wrong: the Chinese are sorry little scumbuckets who'll steal anything that ain't nailed down (and if they can pry it loose, it ain't nailed down). But the Japs are much _much_ worse. Ask any asian.

reader2010's picture

The fact is that Mao killed twice as many Chinese right after the Great Leap Forward using artificial famine than Japs did during eight years war with China. 

moskov's picture

Very interesting! so why did Americans drop atomic bombs on Japan during WW2? I am sure the amount of Americans killed in Pearl Harbor was far less than the people starved to death during the Great Depression! They should have dropped the bombs on the Wall. St instead!

vato poco's picture

So? Does Mao being a psychopath somehow excuse Jap wartime atrocities? Make them somehow less contemptable?

moskov's picture

And how exactly does he know Japanese troops didn't kill more than Mao? By Listening to the Japanese government of today who had the will of counting the people they have killed in an occipied country? and appearantly, Japanese invasion didn't cause the femine during their bombings and occupation? is that the reason Americans falled into the lie of Gulf of Token and the WMD in Iraq at the first place.

earleflorida's picture

i'm not condoning what the japanese did to the chinese or  pearl harbor'. i'm simply stating a fact.

fact: the chinese were responsible for vietnam. the vietnamese were a despicable subculture to them that needed to be exterminated [think mao?]--- why else did nixon send Kissinger [secretly?] to china pleading to let the U.S. get out with dignity?

they also set up n. korea as a buffer zone,... and we know how that's worked out the past 60yrs.?

bottom line... hatred is inbred! 


moskov's picture

That's how super powers work. But compare to scale of proxy wars what Soviet Union and US did to the rest of the world during Cold War, China was almost an innocent child.

Never One Roach's picture

Many forget the Japan military occupied Korea for over 35 years (1910-1945). Japan successfully invaded Korea in 1906 and annexed (enslaved) Korea in 1910. This enslavement was only ended by USA dropping the atomic bomb on Japan and ending WWII.


The Korean government was in exile hiding out in Shanghai until Japanese occupation of Korea was ended.

Leraconteur's picture

Or by the way, if Japan does believe they should have the nuclear weapon in the region as the former defeated axises of evil that has caused WW2.

Where to begin?

They have many water cooled reactors that create fissionable  byproducts.

Any nation with similar reactors has a stealth nuclear program.

In order to be in compliance with the treaty on non-proliferation one merely has to separate cores from the electronics.

There is nothing illegal about storing Uranium 'waste' from a reactor in a shape that can detonate, or having electronics and missiles - Japan has all three.

Given 10 days to assemble the warheads into one piece, Japan could have nukes in no time.

Of course all of Asia, and the Chinese in particular, will lose their minds. I imagine that everyone will get behind China and force Japan to relent after what happened 1930-1945.

ToNYC's picture

Worse than or certainly more useful than going "nuclear" is continuing full effect boycott of simply 100% of Chinese purchases from Japan by taxing the Islands sheet out of them until they get religion. Easy Tiger with  Capitalist twist.

RafterManFMJ's picture

We beat the crap out of Iraq? I didn't realize that; I thought we were calling it a day and 'advancing in another direction' IE right through the exit.

Precious's picture

Japan doesn't need the USA to defend itself against China.  The Chinese are laughable.  Japan has much more capablility than people assume, including nuclear attack submarines.  Note the last time China waged a successful war outside its borders.  The Huns?  Monks in Tibet?

meizu's picture

Japan will continue to buy US treasury until the cows come home to pay for US military protection.

oak's picture

Yes, Japan will be continuously printing Yen from air to purchase US Treasury for US military protection. Very interesting!

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

@ Precious

Even if the ZH community disagrees, you are right.  If aroused, Japan could come back swiftly, with nukes and all.  Is that what China wants?  Japan could even build Reagan's old dream: "Star Wars", and they could build it themselves...

Careful playing with fire, China!

meizu's picture

China calculated that Japan can go nuclear very quickly, that's why they allowed north korea to build nukes.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Were it not for their 10,000 artillery pieces and rocket launchers (that could burn Seoul to the ground) and their grotesquely-large army, North Korea would be a small joke.  Barely a laugh.

If we allow Japan to build nukes (or if they so decide), that is a MUCH bigger story.

ToNYC's picture

Why buy when you can rent from a fellow traveller ally who is not saying they have any? Machts nicht but bedtime stories away from realpolitik.

Precious's picture

Aw.  This is such non-news.  So what.  A Chinese politician said something to the Communist press.  Big deal.  China should have just kept their mouth shut.  They could have said the sale is meaningless.  No.  Instead the idiots got all indignant and simply ended up giving credibility to the Japanese government purchase. Worthless gaping nationalists.

Anyway, it's just bluster. China knows better than to wake up the sleeping Japanese Tosa.  Much better to let it sleep China.  

Japan probably doesn't even need nuclear level arms.  They have the most sophisticated peaceful biotech in the world.

meizu's picture

As Americans learned in Afghnistan, technology is no substitute for strategy.

ToNYC's picture

Technology arms both sides beyond temporal advantages; best strategy makes secular Allies.

Divine Wind's picture



Election posturing, Chinese style.

The 18th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (where their leaders for the next 10 years are chosen) begin two days after our elections here in the U.S..

79's picture

that old 'peaceful development through forceful response' line.  Nice.  I hope they can share the islands out and crack open a few beers together.

Yen Cross's picture

That picture says it all.  China is going to build a human "ant bridge", from the mainland to [Senkaku|Diaoyu] Islands, and claim sovereignty.

  Then china will pull up it's 1st aircraft (molotov cocktail) carrier, and spray "Greek Fire" , across the already, waste land.



Precious's picture

Yes.  The picture says it all. China will conquer Japan by marching around in silver hooker boots.