Chinese Military On "High Alert" After It Scrambles Fighter Jets To "Counter" Japanese Jets

Tyler Durden's picture

The one thing that most seem to forget in the epic 30 year old story (which has a very sad ending) that is the Japanese floundering economy, is that while the new Abe government may and will likely try everything to crush the Yen (which is already nearing the 90 USDJPY target, however briefly, before it resumes its grind lower once it dawns on investors what it will mean for the Japanese Treasury when bond yields soar), the main reason it has posted three massive monthly trade deficits in a row has nothing to do with its currency, and everything to do with what is now a permanent boycott of Japanese exports by China.

The paradox is that Abe, a well-known nationalist, may well crush the Yen but he will only aggravate Chinese tensions (thus hurting Japanese exports, GDP, and the current account even more) which recently approached boiling point on several occasions over the past few months, most notably in the spat over who owns the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, and soon over other symbols of nationalist pride. And with the escalations coming faster and more frequent with each passing day, there is little room for optimism that despite all Japan is doing that its economy stands any hope of recovery in 2013 (or later).

In fact, the latest escalation in the seemingly neverending saga over a strategically located rock in the East China Sea, came hours ago, when Xinhua reported that Beijing has scrambled two J-10 jets to counter "Japanese military aircraft disrupting the routine patrols of Chinese administrative aircraft."

From Xinhua:

At a press conference, an official with the ministry confirmed that China sent two J-10 fighters to the East China Sea after a Y-8 aircraft was closely followed by two Japanese F-15 fighters as it patrolled the southwest airspace of the East China Sea oil platform on Thursday.


The two J-10 fighters were sent to monitor the Japanese fighter jets tailing the Y-8 as well as another Japanese reconnaissance plane spotted in the same airspace, the official said.


Furthermore, the official said Japanese military aircraft have been increasingly active in closely scouting Chinese aircraft. The activity zone of Japanese military aircraft has also expanded recently, which is the root cause of security disputes concerning territorial waters and airspace between the two countries.


The Chinese military will be on high alert and China will resolutely protect the security of its air defense force and uphold its legitimate rights, the official said.

Suddenly very real concerns over a flare up in military escalations aside, it doesn't look like anyone is ready to back down in what is becoming an ever more heated and rancorous expression of nationalist pride, and it certainly does not appear likely that China will lift its "blockade" on Japanese imports any time soon.

As to how China continues to see what is going on in Japan, we go to another Op-Ed from China Daily printed earlier today, titled "Unwise foreign policy turns Japan into own enemy" and this time even the Chinese propaganda is 100% accurate:

The Japanese economy, under the burden of years of deflation and an aging population, has been the "Patient of Asia" for the last two decades.


The Japanese people can cite many reasons for their economic malaise, from bad government policies that led to the forming and bursting of a giant economic bubble in late 1980s and early 1990s to cumbersome mega companies that have been losing money and shedding jobs due to increasing global competition.


More recently, the Japanese economy has suffered another blow due to a bitter row with China, a crucial trade and investment partner, ignited by Tokyo's repeated provocations over the Diaoyu Islands, an integral part of Chinese territory.


Yet new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe turned the facts upside down when he claimed Friday that China has deliberately targeted Japanese companies as part of a strategy to confront Japan over the territorial dispute.


It is true that economic ties between China and Japan have chilled considerably since former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's cabinet decided to "buy" part of the Diaoyu Islands in September despite strong Chinese opposition.


The outcome is nothing but natural, as good economic relations are always based on sound political ties. It is naive to believe that Japan can maintain strong trade and investment ties with China while repeatedly provoking China on critical issues.


In addition, the pinch felt by Japanese companies results largely from an across-the-board boycott of Japanese goods spontaneously staged by Chinese consumers who felt betrayed by the bellicose Japanese government. The Chinese government has nothing to do with this.


Japanese politicians, including Abe, have only themselves to blame, because their brinkmanship is the root cause of the deterioration of China-Japan economic ties.


They have also been stoking fears about the so-called "China threat" in the broader Asia-Pacific region and trying to build a coalition of countries against China.


For many in China, Abe's latest remarks are just part of an attempt by the Japanese government to depict China as the villain and gain an upper hand in the territorial dispute.


But Tokyo is doomed to lose the gamble, as more and more countries have come to realize that China acts responsibly in the international arena and its development is a real blessing for the whole world.


Meanwhile, Japan has raised concerns in capitals worldwide that its increasingly hawkish policy toward China will further escalate the situation and pose a serious risk to regional peace and stability.


For Japan, its fragile economy is in urgent need of the opportunities a sound China-Japan relationship brings, but Japan's unwise foreign policy has made these opportunities harder to come by.


Thus it is of pressing importance that Abe immediately arrest his country's self-destructive tendency and put its foreign relations and economic recovery back on track so as not to waste his second chance at the top.

Bottom line: don't bet so fast on anything remotely resembling inflation or GDP growth in Japan yet. In fact, it may be time to take advantatge of the recent euphoria and to double down on red.

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Never One Roach's picture

China merely needs to stop buying anything from Japan and Japan will's half way there already.

supermaxedout's picture

Dear fellow world citizens,

dont worry the situation is not critical at all. The worst what can happen is that mankind blows themselve up. As long as the planet earth is not disrupted into pieces life is going on.

It really does not scratch me much.  Living in the 1970ties in Germany was fine. There was enough dope, LSD, Marihuan, H, cocaine, alkohol, speed etc that no one was getting the idea that life was bad.

Despite the fact, that Germany was bound to be the battleground of the last of all battles, or as ol Saddam would have said, The mother of all battles.  Short range rockets with nuclear warheads to detonate in Germany were stationed in France and England, the ground along the Iron Curtain separating Germany was filled with nuclear mines to stop the invasion of the Russians.  Not to mention the long range missiles with nuclear war heads from the Russians and the US. The US would have shot them to East Germany, the Russians to the Western part. There were plenty of airforces bases in Germany, with soldiers from Canada, France, UK, US and on the other side Russians. All stuffed with nuclear bombs.  On each side of the Iron Curtain more than 1 Million soldiers were permanently under arms. West Germany alone had a standing army of more than 500.000 soldiers plus the capability to raise within 10 days another million of trained soldiers.  Not to mention the bio and chemical weapons which were as gruesome as they are today.

In spring and autumn there were military excercises all over Germany often involving several hundred thousand soldiers. Giant transport planes from the US were landing on special strips of the normal autobahns, bringing over all in all 100,000 soldiers within a few days. These autobahn strips  were designed to to serve as landing strips in case of war.   Fighter Jets were flying often day and night close to the surface training air batles.  Everyday one herd the roar when a fighter plane went supersonic. Each month the alarm sirens were roaring in order to test their function in case of the case. The older people which had still the trauma of the Allied air raids on German cities inburned in their mind were not amused, to says so. Or better some started to tremble, or to sweat some women cried. There were different signals depending on the kind of attack, Chemicals, Nuclear or conventional.  These were the times in the 1960 and 1970s in Germany. The young ones were fucking around and taking drugs, the old ones were drinking alcohol much more than today or eating themselve to death.

So dont be afraid, th danger is just in your mind, it is not real. You only have to fear your own fear but not the bad, bad bombs from Iran, China, Russia, US, Israel or were ever from.  Things may happen the one way or the other but things like this are too big to worry for a man. This is the business of the big guys, Its their worries while we can enjoy life as long as we still live.  Prost Kameraden lets drink.


Totentänzerlied's picture

China has no "rights", legitimate or otherwise. The Chinese people have rights. China is a nation, nations have no rights. Collectivist logic and warmongering are inseparable.

Son of Loki's picture

MMPI is what someone needs to adminsiter to Abe:


The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) is one of the most frequently used personality tests in mental health. The test is used by trained professionals to assist in identifying personality structure and psychopathology.

Oldballplayer's picture

The Japs freakin' ate people in WWII. 

They blew one uncle apart, blew off another's leg, and made one go crazy.

And they act like they did nothing wrong.

This is personal.

I don't care if the Japs get overrun by the Chinese.  Not one little bit.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Oldballplayer said:

The Japs freakin' ate people in WWII. 

They blew one uncle apart, blew off another's leg, and made one go crazy.

And they act like they did nothing wrong.

This is personal.

I don't care if the Japs get overrun by the Chinese.  Not one little bit.

Your anger and resentment over your family's losses is justifiable and understandable. The remains of a young man from my family lie somewhere off the Java coast, along with those of his shipmates and their boat, which was sunk by the Japanese in that war.

My only comment is that one of the parties responsible for these losses has, through deceit, lies, and coverups, successfully evaded the blame which it rightfully deserves.

Things are rarely what they seem. The same criminals are still running things, and for them, war is a profit center. This is why the US military still hasn't demobilized from WW2.

besnook's picture

the game is getting interesting. the time is now or never for the usa. china has to be stopped for the good of the empire. japan is caught in the middle. it has to do the bidding of the usa because it is already occupied even though the future lies with china. china holds the ace of treasury notes which trumps the usa's 6 no trump bid. china is a master of patience, brinkmanship and the never ending done deal. japan is the master of playing way beyond it's appearance solely for the sake of japan. the usa is a desperate empire known for doing some really dumb things internationally for the last 50 years.

i don't think japan is stupid enough to pick a shooting war fight with china. i think china is using this incident to show japan how stupid it is to do the bidding of the usa. make no mistake. china is treating this as a usa-china conflict. the question is whether china is ready to use this opportunity to show the usa it has the dollar over a barrel(of oil) or will it just be a warning shot to convey the message that there is a new emperor in asiatown? china has been stockpiling commodities from food to energy to gold. russia has the back door covered in syria and the -stans. both converge on iran. india just reestablished it's historical alliance with russia with a mega arms deal. the usa is deploying troops across africa and the mid east. there is a large deployment scheduled for the next few months to the area. there is a large usnavy deployment to the phillipines.

in all of this the timing is on the side of the usa. china is very vulnerable economically today. it won't be nearly as vulnerable in just a few years. japan still needs the usa today. it won't need the usa as much in just a few years. the usa is a weakened empire today. it will be much weaker in the next few years. same with the eurozone. india may still side with the west today. it may not have to in the next few years. india is the biggest barrier to china for the west but the historical chindia conflict may be exploited for the benefit of the west despite india's alliance with russia. russia is the wild card. they have access to the entire theater from the med to the pacific ocean.

gog and magog is here. get out your popcorn and beer for a great show. happy days are here again if you are 4f or otherwise not eligible for the draft.

Bazza McKenzie's picture

Those Treasury Notes China holds are no ace.  When the US decides to default on them they are simply worthless paper.

SmittyinLA's picture

except we can't legally default

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

SmittyinLA said:

except we can't legally default

Legalities mean nothing to those in Vichy DC.

dadichris's picture

Japan - the honey badger of Asia

SmittyinLA's picture

When you let a bunch of homosexuals run your government and foreign policy expect "drama" even over insignificant uninhabitable islands worth less than the fuel used to create the drama.

lakecity55's picture

I ass-ume you mean the US, with bath house barry, rahm, larry, reggie, butch, hillary........

SmittyinLA's picture

if things get really dicey we can send in our fleet of Ospreys to terrorize both sides with noisy flyovers.

ebworthen's picture

"But Tokyo is doomed to lose the gamble, as more and more countries have come to realize that China acts responsibly in the international arena and its development is a real blessing for the whole world."

That part from the "China Today" story is pure PLA drivel (propaganda).

Certainly China's slave labor force (oppressed population) has benefited U.S. Corporations and the Kleptoligarchy; not a blessing for regular people in either the East or West.

helping_friendly_book's picture

I just spent 2 weeks in Sichuan Province in Chengdu, rode the subway that wasn't there last year, researched the next 4 lines being installed by 2015 just in time for my next trip. I wouldn't mess with the Chinese. They ain't playing.

Savvy's picture

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.