Chinese Warship Prepared To Fire At Japanese Destroyer Last Week

Tyler Durden's picture

It seems the world may have been this close to World War III as recently as last week. Kyodo reports that a Chinese warship last week directed "fire-control" radar against Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force vessel in the East China Sea, where Japan and China are involved in a dispute over the ownership of a group of uninhabited islands, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tuesday. The Japanese government lodged a protest with China on Tuesday afternoon as the radar was for taking aim at a firing target.  "Beaming of radar for firing is very abnormal, and it could have put us in a very grave situation if things went wrong," Onodera told a press conference, urging the Chinese side to refrain from taking such aggressive moves.

The FT adds:

Mr Onodera on Tuesday did not explain why Japan waited several weeks to protest the incidents, but a defence ministry spokesman said it took time to recheck data collected by the Japanese ships to eliminate the possibility of a false alarm. “This is sensitive matter and we needed to be sure before we protested.”

Naturally, should things have truly escalated, it would have been a question of he fired, she fired:

The Chinese defence and foreign ministries did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


“If this is true, the Chinese ships would only have taken such steps to send a warning to Japanese naval vessels after being threatened by them,” said Colonel Dai Xu, a professor at the National Defense University where the Chinese military trains young officers.

What this means is that contrary to media spin, the China-Japan island tensions are getting worse by the day as the Senkaku crisis enters its 5th month, and one day could result in a "inadvertent" firing of a missile by either side, leading to all out conventional war.

More importantly, it means that even as a Nuclear Power Plant-free Japan continues talking down its currency and in the process sending energy import prices soaring, any and all exports to China can still be kissed goodbye. We wish Japan the best of luck as it crushes the Yen to the point it can offset the loss of a 20% export market, without launching all out currency war with its other export competitors, most notably Korea. Once Japan is isolated by both China and Korea, it will be time to say goodbye.

As for China, the country has smarter ways to retaliate: like exporting its own Made in Beijing toxic smog by express overnight delivery straight into the heart of Tokyo.

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Cookie's picture

Why did they do it? Because they can! 

GetZeeGold's picture



Almost like picking on a girl. Japan is recovering from a tsunami and a nuclear disaster.


If they want a fight they should pick a fight with my cousin Billy Bob from Decatur Alabama.....he'll whoop shit on those boys.

trav777's picture

China, after years of being coddled by the West, seems to think they can get away with anything.  the world doesn't really need all the cheap shit they make.

ZippyBananaPants's picture

You can blindfold them with dental floss!

BlueCollaredOne's picture

Oooooo Dicey, Why do you always cum on my ass?




Because your face dont appeal to me bitch!

SWRichmond's picture

USS Bedford Captain: "If he fires one, I'll fire one."

Weapons Control Officer:  "Fire One!"

caconhma's picture

It is just a matter of time (3-5 years) before a major military confrontation between China and zionist hoodlums (USA, Nato, Japan, Russia).


In the USA, military services take everybody including people with mental problems and criminal history as well as immigrants who want get a citizenship. In China, it is a high privilege to serve in military and the selection is very tough.


Half_A_Billion_Hollow_Points's picture

If you think Russia isn't on the side of China you're in for a surprise

Ar-Pharazôn's picture

you'll have a suprise too.


Russia is on his own side

rotagen's picture

Thanks to our overlord bankster mafia, If it weren't for "made in china" there would be no economy whatsoever, aside from food and toilet paper.

What you should be worried about is when the serfs of the united snakes and the Soviet union of Europe can no longer afford the chinese "crap" (most of it is not "crap" and no worse than anything that used to be made in Japan)...when that occurs the preppers and gold freaks will finally say "told ya so".

The fuk-u-shima coverup proved the Japanese have no ability to challenge authority, but they're still "China light" when it comes to tyrannical governments.  

So it's kinda too bad they would have zero chance in a war with china.

e-recep's picture

well, the chinese do not make only cheap shit. besides china has become world's factory. you can't cut it off without causing serious social unrest at home. the sheeple love cheap.

EscapeKey's picture

Meh factory productivity is a fleeting mistress.

Should salaries go up by 50%, it all moves to Vietnam. Or Cambodia. Or Uganda. Or the US incarceration rate increases, ie wherever labour is cheap.

NidStyles's picture

Some people think all of this has to do with politics rather than just plain normal economics. Those same people are also morons and in the majority, so whatever right?

caconhma's picture

Baby, you are talking shit. You cannot substitute China size and industrial infrastructure with anybody including India, Brazil, etc.

During the last 30+ years, the large number of graduate students in best Western engineering schools & universities were/are Chinese. Chinese students do not take a lone and buy booze. Trust me (I spent in the US defense industry 25 years), US Chinese engineers and scientists are making up at least 5-10% of all defense classified programs workforce. This means that China will have the best US military technologies and make them much more cheaply and in much higher quantities than America can do.

syntaxterror's picture

The world doesn't need your worthless paper for real, productive goods. 

There I corrected it for you.

francis_sawyer's picture

Does this mean that Paris Carver will be free this evening?

Laser Shark's picture

Generals always fight the last war, and we live in a world where things can quickly spin out of control.

So they fire their missiles, and we fire ours...

Five minutes to midnight

EscapeKey's picture

Well, the Japs are in serious financial trouble. So what better time to launch a major public sector spending program.

TotalCarp's picture

You see, Chinese army/navy have not tried out live fire for decades now. They have no idea if their new toys can hit a barn door from a yard away. i am sure they are absolutely itching to try it out, especially as it doesnt seem palusible to get into a proxy war like russia or usa do all the time..

oak's picture

now chinese knew their radar worked very well, japnese disclosed it foolishly. the 3rd week this month, abe  will visit usa. both japan and china are waiting for the us reaction.

LongSoupLine's picture

Fucking wake me when the piece of fucking shit Eccles building is painted solid with fire control radar.


Fuck you Bernanke.  fucker.

q99x2's picture

Practice makes perfect. BTFD

westboundnup's picture

Then it's your choice . . . Thunderdome.

ziggy59's picture

In other words...China shouldn't compete with the U.S. in starting wars by defending its acclaimed territories

Schmuck Raker's picture

Another nail in the coffin for the USD as the world reserve currency. /sarc

LeisureSmith's picture

The Japanese looked a little pale so the Chinese gave them a free tan as a gesture of goodwill that's all.

e-recep's picture

their new overlords salute the japs.

shovelhead's picture

Fukkin Chinese Zionists want to control the world.

toomanyfakeconservatives's picture

Not exactly the Cuban Missile Crisis and not exactly JFK at the helm on either side. Who gives a turd is these two relics from the past, China and Japan, annihilate each other?

LeisureSmith's picture

The dogs of war are known to bite ignorant people in the ass from time to time. Keep your eyes peeled!

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

Because we're treaty-bound to defend Japan if it's attacked by China.  Whether we actually follow through with that is another matter entirely, but it at least brings it up.  

optimator's picture

Time to watch 'Bedford Incident' again.

youngman's picture

I think China remembers what the Japanese did to them in WW II...very well.....

Maybe China needs some Women now....Japanese women....?????

also i wonder who knew they were being painted...offence vs defence technology...

trav777's picture

most of the people "remembering" weren't even alive back then, therefore they remember exactly jack shit.

Voice_Of_Unreason's picture

"but a defence ministry spokesman said it took time to recheck data collected by the Japanese ships to eliminate the possibility of a false alarm."

can shortly be rewritten as "but a defence ministry spokesman said it took time to recheck missiles fired at the Japanese ships to eliminate the possibility of a false alarm."

yogibear's picture

LOL, empty Chinese threats. 

"Watch out we we were ready to fire on you, you better be afraid"

Japan should laugh at them.

rwe2late's picture

Apparently there are some easily excitable warmongers, even here at ZH.

Chinese "warship", but Japan's "Self-defense force vessel"?

Step back folks. We are being told one side of the story. Exactly who was doing what to provoke whom may be difficult to ascertain.

Remember though, the US hand in creating this situation.

The US should have handed the disputed islands back to WW2 ally China at the end of the war, but instead the US continued to occupy the islands until turning them over to ... Japan!

And now the US is STRONGLY pressuring Japan to discard its anti-militarism Constitution and RE-ARM. Part of the hostile US "Asia pivot" meant to confront and encircle China.


Jack Burton's picture

rwe2late,  Yes, a very good take on the situation. This is not the story that most people want to hear, the Japanese are holding territory they have little if any right to. 

Also, the Japanese military has a long tradition of mid level and junior officers taking things into their own hands against the wishes of senior command. So China painting a Japanese warship with a fire control radar beam is really playing with fire. The Japanese officer does not have a tradition of level headed conservative reflection before shooting.

This game of chicken at sea is what the USN and the Soviet Navy played at for decades. I know, because I was in the USN when we played those games with the Reds. China and Japan are now doing the same game, but are they level heaeded enough to always keep the finger off the trigger?

strangewalk's picture

"holding territory they have little if any right to"

'Right' is determined by the size of the gun, always has been.

hardcleareye's picture

Please explain why you believe the US should have handed the Senkaku Islands over to China? 

Consider these points....

Japan had been controlling and had legal claim to them since 1895 when China gave up any claim on them in the Treaty of Shimonosek.  

At no time has China occuped them.  Prior to the 1970's China had no issue with the status quo......

China's behaivor seems a  little reminisent of Germany and some of it's neighbor on the eve of WWII.

rwe2late's picture


Your argument is so poor even Japan rejects it.

Even Japan concedes that off-shore Chinese islands (the Pescadores) seized from China in 1895 had to be returned.

Japan’s claim is that the islands are not part of the 1895 Pescadores, but are islands that Japan subsequently “discovered” and laid claim.

However, the islands were governed by China for hundreds of years before Japan “discovered” them.

Get real, the US did not return the islands because the US wants to control them (Dulles and Kissinger were the lead policymakers denying Chinese claims of sovereignty):

(a) initially outright (because of their geographic strategic location) as part of its Cold War containment against “Red China”

(b) and afterwards, to feign indifference, through its proxy, militarily occupied Japan. Hence, the US has pledged to “defend” the islands against China.

In the Cairo Declaration of 1943, the United States, United Kingdom, and China stated it to be their purpose that "all the territories that Japan has stolen from the Chinese, such as Formosa and The Pescadores, shall be restored to the Republic of China." On 26 July 1945, the three governments issued the Potsdam Declaration, declaring that "the terms of the Cairo Declaration shall be carried out."

Other off-shore (the Pescadores) Chinese islands seized by Japan were returned to China after WW2.

Clearly, a lame NAZI Germany analogy is no way to understand anything.

Bastiat's picture

This sort of thing happened from time to time between the US and Soviets- though generally it was not reported so as not to inflame public opinion.   It was a mature game in the M.A.D. context.  I suspect the chest bumping between China and Japan is more d dangerous because the rules haven't been worked out.

I once got a first person anecdote from a sailor who was ordered to light up a Soviet destroyer at close range when it failed to respond to warnings to back off.  His comment: I think it got a little warm on that bridge.  At a distance targeting radar paints are a warning; at close range it is something else.  

Jack Burton's picture

Just so Bastiat. See my post above. The USN and the Soviets played some serious chicken, especially in the field of Submarine operations. Like you, I am most worried that Japan and China are not playing this game in the context of M.A.D.

Quite simply, if we let our games with the Soviet Navy get out of hand, every person in the USA and USSR could have been nuked withing an hour of our actually coming into a shooting incident at sea.

Bastiat's picture

I'll just say: I know very well what you are saying.  Command and control was very firm in both the US and Soviet navies;  and the direct line opened by Kennedy to Kruschev was kept open. Cheers.

Monedas's picture

We need some serious anger management therapy for North Korea and China .... where's Jimmy Carter, Madeline Allbright and Hillary Clinton .... when we need ém ?  LOL