Is China Mobilizing For A War With Japan?

Tyler Durden's picture

We don't know if it merely a coincidence that a story has emerged discussing a Chinese mobilization in response to the ongoing territorial feud with Japan over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands (and the proximal massive gas field) the very week that China celebrates its new year (and days after news that a Chinese warship was very close to firing on a Japanese destroyer). We don't know how much of the story is based in reality, and how much may be propaganda or furthering someone's agenda. What we do know is that the source of the story: offshore-based, Falun Gong-affiliated NTDTV has historically been a credible source of information that the China communist party desperately tries to censor, such as breaking the news of the SARS epidemic in 2003 some three weeks before China publicly admitted it. Its motto is "to bring truthful and uncensored information into and out of China." If that is indeed the case, and its story of major troop movements and mobilization of various types of military vehicles and artillery into the Fujian and Zhejian provinces, bordering the East China Sea and closest to the Diaoyu islands, is accurate, then hostilities between China and Japan may be about to take a major turn for the worse.

Fujian and Zhejian provinces highlighted below:

The clip that NTDTV released late yesterday covering the news is presented below.

As for the accompanying commentary, we recreate it below in its entirety so nothing is lost in translation (original source).

NTDTV February 8, 2013 News - the continental network transmission, Fujian and Zhejiang troops for several days active. Plus before the news that Chinese warships radar has repeatedly aimed at the Japanese ships and planes, therefore, the media have speculated that China may "prepare for war" Diaoyu Islands .


According to friends broke the news: February 3, Nan'an, Fujian Highway 308, artillery units practical exercise for several days.


February 3 to 6, Fujian, Xiamen, Zhangzhou, Huzhou, a large troop movements, nearly 100 vehicles of various types of military vehicles, armored vehicles, artillery filled the entire road, endless, Xiamen and even the scene of a traffic jam 10 kilometers.


In addition, on February 3 in Shiyan, Hubei, a large number of tanks, wheeled military base from Shiyan room counties is delivered to the coastal areas. Many local residents of the tense situation of some concern.


Prior to this allegation, January 15 and 30, the Chinese navy guided missile frigate, twice the fire control radar lock frigates and ship-borne helicopters of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, is also considered to enter a combat state.


According to mainland media quoted the "People's Daily" front-page article claiming that China will not change in point of view on the issue of the Diaoyu Islands , and have to prepare to win the war.


The international media alleged that China has purchased from Russia 239 engine, used in the manufacture of the H-6K. Combat covering the Diaoyu Islands, in this model, the engine can also be used to manufacture transported -20 transport aircraft purchased.


If the engine assembled, will greatly enhance China's military power.


Integrated these signs and reports, people have come to a startling conclusion: Day might want to go to war.


According to military experts, the Sino-Japanese war in the Diaoyu Islands, Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, is the most important logistical base. If the war to expand, at any time, will spread to the provinces of Fujian, Zhejiang.

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cowdiddly's picture

Note to Chinese Tank drivers when liberating those islands. Dont hit the turning brakes or your ass is getting wet.

FinalCollapse's picture

Why would they need heavy tanks to invade tiny islands????? I think these islands belong to China based on the historical record. Why Japanese would invade mainland China in these two provinces???? It does not make sense from the military point of view but something bigger may be brewing.

I hope that USA stays completely out of any mess there. Enough of wars. If others want to kill each other, let them fight their wars.

Cheesy Bastard's picture

China could never win a modern war against a people so acclimated to radiation.

Ineverslice's picture




full disclosure: I am Japanese (American)...went to a nice Chinese restaurant last nite, and I am Year of the Snake.

Cheesy Bastard's picture

Well then Happy new year, and I apologize in advance for my Connie Chung and Pearl Harbor comments further down the thread...

AssFire's picture

War does not determine who is right, war determine who is left.

Like farting in elevator, wrong on many levels.

Peter Pan's picture

There will be no war between China and Japan because everyone knows that it can only escalate with unforeseen consequences once it begins.

CheapBastard's picture

"everyone" does not include lunatics or the money behind war. To them, it's very profitable.

markmotive's picture

If it is over resources then yes they will fight Japan.

China is already battling the West in a cold war for Africa's resources:

derek_vineyard's picture

maybe the chinese want to encapsulate fukajima?  its still a hotspot on this globe.....i wouldn't want to live within 1000 miles of it

Alpacanio's picture

Just like WWII when Japan invaded China? It's day's like these when economy's collapse, politician's look to take people's minds off thier failings and want to become "the great war leaders". Death,death and misery await the World once again. Remember, only the victor gets to write the history books and enslave the people.

If i was Japan, i would announce they have turned nuclear like now.

whirling tword freedom's picture

China can do what China wants to do.  All they have to do is pull the ambassador aside and say, "Stay the fuck out of it or we will dump your bonds."

The end.

unrulian's picture

"Fujian Highway 308,"

308 coincedence? i think not...i heard highway 76251 is very similar


11b40's picture

xin nián kuài lè.

fàng bian pào.    

The Gooch's picture


ACP's picture

Fire ONE...ok, fire TWO...ok fire THREE!

What do you mean nothing is working? What? The guy who stole the technology from the US is living in the US now with the money he stole from quality control?

What??? Command says just drink some baijiu and press on? WE ARE FUCKED!!!


What is that Command, say again..?


Jake88's picture

That's right. They've mutated to have super powers.

Terminus C's picture

They don't need heavy vehicles for tiny islands.  Taiwan on the other hand...

Head fake Japan, conquer Taiwan...

dunce's picture

I thought Korea until i saw the map. Taiwan seems more likely as you observed still that seems silly too unless Taiwan is building a new weapon system now that obama has clearly abandoned them by giving F-16s to Egypt and refusing to sell them to Taiwan. Stupid economics and stupid foreign policy.

Supernova Born's picture

Taiwan, the disputed islands and some long overdue payback to Japan (if the Japanese insist).

First you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the (comfort) women.

akarc's picture

Were I Tiawan I would something more than F-16's 

neptunium's picture

One of the many reasons I don't take anything ZH "thinks" in geopolitical terms seriously is this sort of article. 


Mobilizing "NEARLY 100 VEHICLES!. 


This is the sort of sensationalist story that, were this blog not full of apocalypse-anticipating weirdos would be laughed at. 


IF China was mobilizing for war you would not see "Nearly 100 Vehicles of various types" You would see several thousand vehicles - major movements of air-power including transports, fighters, tankers, patrol aircraft, you would see tens-of-thousands of front-line troops and reservists being sent to the region from all over the mainland - you would see a huge build-up of naval assets - landing craft included and most of all you would expect PRC media outlets to start ratcheting up rhetoric to the point that it would be impossible to mistake their intentions. 


But don't expect such rudimentary analysis here, that this blog thinks "nearly 100 vehicles" is what to expect when the PRC really means business you need to seriously have a look at the PLA and PLAAF. 


Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

For islands the size of your backyard 100 vehicles is the equivalent of D-Day.

derek_vineyard's picture

how many of that 100 vehicles are rickshaws?

Matt's picture

Why create a panic or give a warning by moving all the vehicles at once? Just move 100 per day for 2 or 3 months. There is no rush.

giggler123's picture

Your here, so you must be included in the apocalypse-anticipating weirdos clause?

BudFox2012's picture

This war would be almost entirely naval/airforce in nature.  The armor might be to control their own people should war actually break out (riots, ect if trade is disrupted).  It is common Chinese practice to pull in troops from other providences to put down local insurrections.

Piranhanoia's picture

Yep. Those tanks are going to be no help anywhere but Formosa.  But they will never arrive.  How many exocet type missles do you figure a major maritime nation like Japan has?    This is going to make the last attempted Chinese invasion of Japanquo look like a big success.

RafterManFMJ's picture

3 heavy tanks would cover the entire island; just you try to land your own tanks, fire and maneuver!

Karlus's picture

If you are still using tanks to fight a war, they you are not paying attention...

RafterManFMJ's picture


Middle_Finger_Market's picture

Currency war > trade wars > real wars? In this insane and egostistical world of greed and corruption real wars are what sperates the men from the boys, the cock and balls from the tiny pin dick. Currency warfare can only go so far before the real wars begin, people and nations become desperate; nations fall or nations conqeur. You just have to ask; how powerful are the supposed 'law makers' and 'servants of justice', 'beholders and granters of civil liberties' because in times of facism, communism and police state esq surroundings people don't get asked what to do; they get told what to do.   

e_goldstein's picture

Those aren't tanks. They are mobile artillery.


francis_sawyer's picture

Lunch Wagons serving freedom fries...

A Nanny Moose's picture

We will bring those Seaguls demockracy. They will like it, and they will beg for more.

Ausbroker's picture

This is not about Japan, its about Iran.
The Chinese are saying by their actions that if you (USA) takes Iran we will take some territory from you while you are busy

Bananamerican's picture

"Why Japanese would invade mainland China in these two provinces???? It does not make sense from the military point of view but something bigger may be brewing.

I hope that USA stays completely out of any mess there."

Dear FinarCorrapse

I know China has a LOT of people, with a LOT of time to engage in many tasks of the state but could you be a little more subtle?

theprofromdover's picture

Zackly. Looks like Taiwan to me (unless these are underwater tanks to protect the gas fields

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

The US will stay out of this one because the other side can shoot back.

Bagbalm's picture

Like the LAPD...

But they might not have a choice either.

azzhatter's picture

if like LAPD usa will fire at malaysia

BandGap's picture

The tanks are for more than the islands. If other countries jump int this, China will have to react. Viet Nam and China have been adversaries for 40 years. Viet Nam is allowing US warships to use their harbors for refueling and resupply, for instance.  There are many other countries in the region that do not appreciate China's stance as a bully.  China would like them to know who is boss, these tank practices are also muscle flexing for intimidation purposes.


There are 25 million more men in China than women. Think about it.

dtwn's picture

Not just men.  But young men.  Of fighting age.

Piranhanoia's picture

Maybe China is working on burying their excess population at sea?

akarc's picture

Who, while in a perpetual state of horny, have no problem signing up for plundering, pillaging and raping.

chubbyjjfong's picture

There are 25 million more men in China than women. Think about it.

The hand-cream and tissue businesses will be booming.

ebear's picture

"Think about it."

Oh I am, sugar.  I am!