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China Declares "Willing To Engage In A Protracted Confrontation" With Japan As "Prime Target"

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Following the to-ing and fro-ing of the last 2 days with US and Japan "testing" China's new Air Defense Zone (ADIZ), China has not only escalated (as we noted earlier) but as the day begins in Asia is stepping up the rhetoric significantly. Official media said that Japan is the "prime target" and it is an "urgent task for China to further train its air force to make full preparation for potential conflicts." Japanese lawmakers, meanwhile, are pushing for a bill "demanding an immediate withdrawal of China's ADIZ." While the Western world goes on its merry way buying S&P futures, China's concluding message rings its most defint so far, "We are willing to engage in a protracted confrontation with Japan. Our ultimate goal is to beat its willpower and ambition to instigate strategic confrontation against China."

The Chinese just stepped up the rhetoric notably,

Via Yonhap,

China's official media pointedly said Friday that Japan is the "prime target" of Beijing's newly declared air control zone over the East China Sea, warning that China is willing to engage in "a protracted confrontation with Japan."


China's declaration of its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), announced last week, has sparked strong resistance from Japan, the United States, South Korea and other neighboring Asian nations. The new zone partly overlaps those of South Korea and Japan.


The U.S. flew two B-52 bombers through the Chinese zone without informing China this week. South Korea and Japan followed suit. In response, China sent several fighter jets and an early warning aircraft on patrol Thursday into the disputed air space.


In an editorial titled "Japan prime target of ADIZ tussle," the official Global Times newspaper said, "We should carry out timely countermeasures without hesitation against Japan when it challenges China's newly declared ADIZ."


"If Tokyo flies its aircraft over the zone, we will be bound to send our planes to its ADIZ," the editorial said.


"If the trend continues, there will likely be friction and confrontations and even tension in the air like in the Cold War era between the U.S. and the Soviet Union," it said.


"It is therefore an urgent task for China to further train its air force to make full preparation for potential conflicts," the editorial said.


"We are willing to engage in a protracted confrontation with Japan. Our ultimate goal is to beat its willpower and ambition to instigate strategic confrontation against China," it said.


Analysts said the Chinese declaration of air control zone is mainly aimed at bolstering its claims to a group of islets in the East China Sea at the center of a bitter territorial dispute with Japan, which are known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan.


The Japanese are not backing down...

Via Kyodo News,

An official of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party is considering asking lawmakers to adopt a bill demanding an immediate withdrawal of China’s air defense zone in East China Sea

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Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:02 | 4198376 Trimmed Hedge
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Chinese, Japanese..

Dirty knees, look at these!

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:16 | 4198391 DoChenRollingBearing
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I do not know, but if I had to guess, I would guess that Japan could arm itself with nukes very quickly.  Japan is famous for high quality (bearings) and China is famous for low quality (bearings, cheap though).

China should perhaps be careful not to make a real enemy out of Japan (with nukes) rather than an unfriendly middling power that Japan is now.

Japan has a lot of problems, and yes China is emergent.  But, Japan may have it own surprises...


Does China also want to be enemies with S Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, The Philippines, etc?  Russia will eventually be in their sights too re Siberia...

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:16 | 4198403 Ness.
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Japan NEEDS a War, badly.  Don't rattle that cage.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:25 | 4198424 JohnnyBriefcase
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I think every central government at this point needs a real war. It's just all those citizens who don't.

The internet has made it clear to the all citizens of the world that we are all pretty much in the same boat and have no reason to kill each other.

I really don't understand why the MIC/Governments havent shut it down. It must suit their interests in some way I'm unaware of...

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:41 | 4198447 Winston of Oceania
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SPYING on us all maybe?


Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:47 | 4198458 Four chan
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we the usa shoud side with japan because the slave state of communist china has no soul, no class, and no humility.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:57 | 4198477 Anusocracy
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And you think the US does?

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 02:49 | 4198683 TruthInSunshine
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I highly doubt there will be anything more than inflamed rhetoric fired between China & Japan.

Both have way too much to lose in risking a hot war over some chunks of rocks, despite the claims about those rocks being somehow resource rich.

The China-Japan tensions are greatly complicated by the fact that, despite popular belief, China & Russia are in no way, shape or form allies, and in fact, from a natural resource & geographic territory standpoint, China has far more squabbles with Russia than it does with Japan (or any other nation, for that matter).

The Chinese citizenry do harbor a great deal of hatred towards the Japanese, as do South Koreans, given Japan's wartime and peacetime brutality towards both nations' citizenry in the not so distant past, but economic & geographic disputes trump populist rage in terms of what the leadership of China is focused on at present.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 04:39 | 4198806 caustixoid
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"The Chinese citizenry do harbor a great deal of hatred towards the Japanese"

T.I.S., your comment is on the mark.  I lived in China for 3 years.  Staple Chinese TV dramas are usually set in the 'Great Asian War' with occupying Japanese soldiers depicted as cartoonish thugs, whereas the next 30 years of chinese history (the civil war, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution and 1998 Tiananmen) are all somehow missed by TV executives ... go figure....

Chinese people are respectful to individual Japanese, but hatred of Japan is mother's milk in China.    Chinese mobs attacked the Japanese team bus during the Asian Cup of Football Finals in ?2007 when some unheeled sore was being picked at (? 500 japanese businessmen caught in a mass brothel in Shanghai?).  

If CCTV wanted, they could incite anti-Japanese pogroms in about 5 minutes.  The Chinese government carefully directs frustration in this direction when distraction is needed and as a political card, but must be careful not let things go too far, lest they oppress the protests too harshly (and look like pro-japanese) or have the discontent spread out of their control into larger domestic grievances. 

Yes, that hatred is real and unsated.  China has several cards to play if the want to up the ante.  Japanese corporations survive, like everywhere, to a large degree on chinese production.  A few well-timed factory inspections will stop hostilities faster than a shootdown party in the defense zone.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 10:31 | 4199247 BigJim
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If China are keen to ramp up domestic consumption, getting the dog-whistle Chinese consumer to boycott Japanese goods is a step in the desired direction.

<insert Chinese citizenism blobbing-up ZH running (dog) joke here>

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 05:42 | 4198855 Headbanger
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This is China's way of helping Iran militarily by showing the US we would be stretched thin on multiple war fronts if we attacked Iran

North Korea would launch against South Korea if China attacked Japan.

However, China would have both Russian and Indian forces taking advantage of any conflict

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 01:11 | 4198494 AlaricBalth
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Spoken by someone who has never been there.

I lived in Shanghai for 3 years and found the Chinese people I met were industrious, kind and gracious.

In my humble opinion I feel the Dragon has awakened and now stands to challenge US hegemony in the region. Japan is just a piece on the chessboard. The US is weakened by fiscal and economic constraints, and is led by a President who is the most ineffectual CIC since Carter. The US is like a rudderless ship, being pushed along by the political currents. China feels this is the optimal time to assert itself, rather than waiting a few years when the US may have a stronger, more respected leader.

This communique from the most recent Leadership Plenum in China gives a hint of what to expect.

An excerpt:

"Communique Passed at the 3rd Plenum of the 18th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party on 12 November 2013)

The Plenum pointed out that [we must] closely revolve around the objective of building a line of strong armies for this Party under new circumstances, people’s armies which listen to the Party’s instructions, can be victorious in battle and have a fine work style, strive to resolve prominent contradictions issues and issues that restrain national defence and military construction and development, innovate and develop military theory, strengthen military strategy and guidance, perfect new-era military strategies and policies, and build a modern military force system with Chinese characteristics. We must deepen military structural and personnel allocation adjustment and reform, move adjustment and reform of military policies and institutions forward, and promote the integrated and deep development of the military and the people.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 02:19 | 4198613 Rock On Roger
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Made me think of 'Mulan'.

You are wise AB.


Stack On

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 03:00 | 4198707 JacktheTab
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Contrary to popular misconception, Jimmy Carter got shit done.   I'm gonna cut and paste coz it's late.  


"Carter met the energy crisis by starting sweeping oil-reduction reforms, including creation of the Cabinet-level Department of Energy. He began spending millions of dollars researching alternative sources for electrical power, including solar power. He got utilities to cut their use of oil for electricity and ramp up their use of natural gas or coal.

"Up until Carter, we were getting about 20 percent of our electricity from oil generation," said Jay Hakes, director of the Energy Information Administration under Carter and an authority on modern presidents and oil. "And post-Carter, it went down to about 3 percent."

During the Jimmy Carter era, this country had made it a priority to reduce oil consumption by switching to Daylight Saving Time year-round and we kids walked to school in the dead of winter IN THE DARK.  And it worked.  Petroleum consumption went down.  Calling for, and getting, that kind of sacrifice from the American people took balls.   Jimmy Carter got shit done.  This country would be tremendously better off today if we hadn't fallen for the Reaganomics Ponzi scheme that's now got us collectively circling the drain.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 09:20 | 4198977 AlaricBalth
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I was not commenting on Carter's ability on domestic issues. Carter is a fine and decent man and has done more for the downtrodden than all of the living ex presidents combined. However as Commander in Chief (CINC) of the Armed Forces he was weak and not well respected among the brass. Carter was a graduate of the Naval Academy and should have known to cultivate better relations with his military.

All the best.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 10:28 | 4199234 BigJim
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Frankly, the less the President caters to the MIC the better it is for the rest of us.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 06:30 | 4198901 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Wow, MDB is stacked.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:54 | 4198475 Anusocracy
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China just wants to exercise its God given right to drop two nukes on Japan.

Japan, with US encouragement, is trying to give them a reason to.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 03:54 | 4198762 Lore
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There is no need. Fukushima prefecture is essentially nuked already, with the help of technology from 'friends.' The nation is crippled and shows no sign of remediation. The economy is on the verge of implosion, held together by nothing but QE and lack of critical mass of public awareness.  Leadership among neighboring countries should be banding together to help their neighbor, not bickering over rocks. Abe is in over his head and needs help. 

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 10:04 | 4199130 Zadig
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It's the best circus for a large part of the population.  The permanent disappearance of free porn, youtube, and file sharing might be the only thing to get people into the streets.

Online banking and shopping is lucrative too, so some of the oligarchs would object even if the MIC & puppets want to put censorship first.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:33 | 4198434 prains
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both the Japanese and Germans serve their nSSA/uSSA masters, don't be surprised that what's happening is a front for your masters. Japan is the nSSA oriental "hezbollah", just with shorter dudes who speak quicker is all.....

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 03:40 | 4198761 Rantabulous
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I don't know why the Chinese are escalating. Surely the smart play for them is to wait for the Japanese economy to implode and then do some kind of Louisiana Purchase deal/agreement.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 05:57 | 4198875 Ar-Pharazôn
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really? send the youngs to death? in japan?


you must be kidding

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:17 | 4198406 LetThemEatRand
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So both countries have small balls of steel.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:20 | 4198414 DoChenRollingBearing
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Ha ha

Your point introduces all kinds of questions:

1) Whose are harder?  Whose more prone to cracking?

2) Whose has better raw material to start with?

3) Which could last longer?  Who needs more lube?

Mmm, complicated!

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 10:30 | 4199246 BorisTheBlade
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Japan's are the advanced ones, China has more of them.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:20 | 4198412 joego1
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Gee, I wonder where Japan could get some hot fuel rods for a nuke?

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:20 | 4198417 Rock On Roger
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The Rape of Nanking

China will get payback.


Stack On

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:38 | 4198431 Jlasoon
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Payback's a bitch !! Nanking is the Chinese version of Auschwitz. The Chinese will never forget that.

1st - Hiroshima & Nagasaki

2nd - Fukushima

3rd - Chinese Kaboom-A-Shima

Japan might finally disappear after this one is over. 


Fri, 11/29/2013 - 01:06 | 4198492 Hulk
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The Japanese could have apologized and that would have went a long way to healing this wound, but they don't even recognize the rape of nanking in their history. This doesn't end well now, the Chinese are not the disorganized mess they were in WW II

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 01:25 | 4198511 Rock On Roger
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Shanghai fell and the Tokyo stock market soared.




Stack On

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 02:36 | 4198664 Freddie
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The lefties and other often talk about "white racists."  One fellow posting here stated his hot head Chinese girlfriend blurted out something about black devils.  He asked her what about him and she said he was a "white devil." 

I recall hanging around one Asian web site and the posters all hated each other.  These people go back thousands of years ago and they almost invented racism. They fought and killed each other for probably a dozen or more centuries.

One interesting aspect was the USA encouraging South Korea on what they needed to spend on defense.  We all know MIC wanted to sell them stuff.  Well the South Koreans did not want to buy weapons to protect themsleves from North Korea.  They want to buy weapons to fight Japan.  The modern Japanese come of as kindly work-a-holics but the Koreans and Chinese still hate them. 

Then you have the Chinese and Vietnamese and on and on.  Japan?  No way they are an offensive threat.  They have too many problems. 

China is after any offshore oil and nat gas.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:55 | 4198473 Hengist
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China twice tried to invade Japan, the Japanese no doubt have never forgotten that.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 02:58 | 4198704 CrashisOptimistic
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Oh for God's sake WAKE THE FUCK UP.

This isn't 1800.  This is 2013, and in 2013 EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON OIL.

You want Japan defeated?  You don't bomb them.  You don't invade them.  YOU CUT THEM OFF.  They have no domestic oil supply.  It's all imported, and it's coming from the Middle East.  You bomb the tankers.  You only have to bomb one.  Then the insurance companies won't let any more sail.

You pinch them off and then inform them what their national policy is going to be from now on.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 03:13 | 4198737 Rock On Roger
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A LNG tanker would light up nicely.

Oh, spectacular BLEVE.


Stack On

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 03:19 | 4198744 Rock On Roger
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Did someone let Lloyds of London know?


Stack On

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 06:50 | 4198911 edotabin
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Cutting off Japan's oil flow was also used as a tactic prior to WW II while they were at war with China.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 14:42 | 4200078 Joe A
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In the 1940s that caused Pearl Habor

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:24 | 4198419 WOAR
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Their constitution forbids the nuclear option.

It could be changed, but then they wouldn't be accountable to the other article of their constitution, that they not have a standing army.

Both of these provision were put in place by the U.S. after WWII. They could only be changed if the U.S. wanted them to be changed (otherwise, Japan would become a loose canon, like our version of North Korea).

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:33 | 4198432 oak
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none of the us, uk, russia, france and china will allow japan has the nuclear option. that it is.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 01:02 | 4198489 Anusocracy
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Iran would allow them.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:44 | 4198451 Mike in GA
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With the disdain our current "leaders" have for our Constitution one little article in the Japanese constitution ain't even a speed bump.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:46 | 4198456 suteibu
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Keep up.  Changing the Constitution is on Abe's list of things to do (in this case, aggressively urged by the US).  This spat with China will probably move Constitutional reform up the list.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 01:13 | 4198496 icanhasbailout
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Following of constitutions is a barbarous relic.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 01:08 | 4198485 asiafinancenews
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"Russia will eventually be in their sights too re Siberia..."

Already is:

China to Engage in 'Six Inevitable Wars' Involving U.S., Japan, India and More, According to Pro-Government Chinese Newspaper

6. “Recover the territory seized by Russia” (2055-2060)

The article recognizes the current good relations between China and Russia but insists that “China never forgets the lands lost to Russia” in past centuries, adding that “when the chance comes, China will take back the lands.”

The article is predictably confident that all wars would be won by the Chinese side, and Russia is no different: “After the victories of previous five wars, it is time to make Russians pay the price.”


Fri, 11/29/2013 - 03:33 | 4198756 Uber Vandal
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Keep in mind the history of the area.

Japan is still not very well liked by many in Korea and the Phillipines, and also, don't forget that over 100 years ago, Japan humiliated Russia with the Russo-Japanese War, and Russia interfered with China's interests over a century ago as well.

There was this failed painter from Austria who was still irate with the raw deal he felt Germany got from France, and the UK at the end of WWI and we know how that turned out, including having France sing their surrender in the very railroad car that Germany signed their surrender in.

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 10:00 | 4199119 flapdoodle
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I suspect the Russians feel they got their respect back and got revenge for the Russo-Japanese war when Zhukov cleaned the Japanese Army's clock at Khalkhin Gol in Manchuria in 1938-39... note that Japan never declared war against USSR after Pearl Harbor...

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 05:53 | 4198871 qmhedging
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Meanwhile,"China President Xi Jinping inspected the Jinan
military region yesterday, the official Xinhua News Agency
• Xi called for implementation of the party’s goal of a strong military, Xinhua says
• Xi urged building a strategic reserve force, Xinhua says
• Xi inspected new training facilities, Xinhua says"

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 09:52 | 4199099 overqualified
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maybe japan is just looking for where to drop all that Fuku plutonium and sh*t

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 00:14 | 4198401 floyd084
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Chinese, Japanese..

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