China Warns Japan: "Get Used To Our Warplanes", Sends Spy Ship Near Alaska

Tyler Durden's picture

In an unexpectedly brazen rattling of sabers, just days after China deployed troops to its first foreign base in Djibouti, a move which the Global Times clarified is "about protecting its own security, not about seeking to control the world, Beijing made a less than subtle reversal, when it told Japan on Friday to "get used to it" after it flew six warplanes over the Miyako Strait between two southern Japanese islands in a military exercise.

It all started late on Thursday night, when Japan's defense ministry issued a token statement describing the flyover by the formation of Xian H-6 bombers, also known as China's B-52, earlier that day as "unusual", while noting that there had been no violation of Japanese airspace.

The flyover was hardly surprising: the Chinese navy and air force have been carrying out a series of exercises in the Western Pacific in recent month, both as they hone their ability to operate far from their home shores, as well as a trial balloon to gauge the reactions of their increasingly more nervous neighbors.

What made this flyover different, is that usually following a formal protest by the "offended" country, Beijing would take note and issue a token statement of its own, "neither admitting nor denying" guilt, but certainly without assurances of further transgressions. But not this time. On Friday the Chinese defense ministry said it was "legal and proper" for its military aircraft to operate in the airspace and that it would continue to organize regular training exercises according to "mission requirements."

In other words, Beijing pushed back against Japan's complaint suggesting that China had not only done nothing wrong, but that this behaviour would escalate:

"The relevant side should not make a fuss about nothing or over-interpret, it will be fine once they get used to it," the ministry said in a statement.

Furthermore, the Miyako Strait is between Japan's islands of Miyako and Okinawa, to the northeast of self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own.

It wasn't just Japan: also on Thursday, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense said the Chinese bombers flew just outside its air defense identification zone and that it had "closely followed" the movements.

It is probably safe to assume that several more such close encounters, coupled an escalation in the harsh language - don't expect Japan to back off diplomatically, especially not under Abe who militant ambitions are hardly secret - and a repeat of the tensions that erupted in 2013/2014 over territorial claims in the East China Sea, and which ended with diplomatic relations between China and Japan collapsing as well as nationalist sentiment in both China and Japan erupting, appears likely.

In a separate close encounter, at the same time that the US was conducting a succeeful THAAD-based intercept of a ballistic missile on Tuesday, a Chinese spy ship was lurking just 100 miles from Alaska's coast to witness the said test for itself, Fox News reported. Furthermore, it was the first time the North American Aerospace Defense Command had seen this class of Chinese spy ship before near Alaska, an official told Fox News. The ship was spotted off the coast of Kodiak, on Alaska's southern tip.

The THAAD test came after North Korea successfully test launched an alleged ICBM missile (this has subsequently been challenged with many claiming the missile was only intermediate range) that flew longer than any test conducted by Kim's regime to date. Officials have said that Kim may now have the capability to strike Alaska. Prior to the test, both China and Russia have repeatedly demanded that the US remove its THAAD installations from South Korea over concerns that the balance of power in the Pacific Rim could shift, and destabilize the region.

China has sent warships to Alaska before, most famously in 2015 when former Barack Obama visited Alaska, China "greeted" him by sending five ships, while more recently a Chinese warship trailed a U.S. warship when it sailed earlier this month near a contested island in the South China Sea.

China also recently launched a new class of destroyer in Shanghai, which military experts say is on par with modern U.S. Burke class guided-missile destroyers. Furthermore, China now has roughly the same number of destroyers, cruisers and submarines as the U.S. Navy, according to new study from CNAS a Washington think tank.

In a separate naval adventure, China's first fully functional aircraft carrier recently sailed near Taiwan after making a port call in Hong Kong that marked 20 years since the British handed the city over. The carrier was declared combat ready following initial tests in November. It does not, however, have advanced steam catapults to launch jets like a modern U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.

It was not clear where the Chinese spy ship had moved to after its brief trip to the Alaska coast.

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sinbad2's picture

Yes the new ones are supposed to be electric, but they don't really work properly, yet, because of the amount of electricity they need to operate.

Ford class carriers have more generators than Nimitz class, so you will only see them on the Fords.

China has announced their next carrier will have an electric catapult.

It's pretty difficult to find such a potent energy source with such a staggering rate of expansion, as steam.

personal109's picture

China's never fought a war before and their military is hopelessly corrupt.  

Twee Surgeon's picture

Help me to understand because I really do not get it any more. it was about a week or so ago that Donald and Putin were having a Too Long talk and they had to send in Melania to break up the love fest. ( I bet they did not talk about blowing up the world but I might be wrong.)

The President of China came to the Florida compound a few months previously and I decline to be believe that he left Pissed Off.

There is no telling what these fuckers are up to. A lot of it certainly looks like theater, perhaps to sell Newspapers or some shit ? It's not adding up, It's not making sense. They should send me a fucking check for Shutting up or talking louder. What the fuck exactly is it that these people want ?

Can't we all just do Jet Skiis, Vodka, Tents, Fishing and Sex ? Microscopes for the kids. 2+2 is 5, That much I know.


tuetenueggel's picture

even more corrupt then NATO ?


Spectre's picture

I think NK will hit Japan with the EMP, draw the USA right into it.  This will happen while NK has all of their sub's right smack outside our ADIZ.  Talk about high blood pressure.

lucitanian's picture

Right, be afraid be very afraid!

Manipuflation's picture

We'll just get Sig Hansen to mount some naval guns on the Northwestern in between heart attacks.

Rock On Roger's picture

Time Bandit would be more appropiate. Those guys are a bit closer to pirates than Sig's crew.

sinbad2's picture

Those islands were part of China, then Japan invaded when it wanted to rule the world.

After WWII all occupied lands were supposed to resort to the original owner, but the US claimed them. Some years later the US gifted them to Japan.

China will tell Japan to fuck off in no uncertain terms about these islands.

BarkingCat's picture

Oh shit, now the Chinks are going to go around waving their micro dicks around like they were John Holmes or something.


Tone it down for crying out loud. 

This is the kind of stupid crap that could start a world war.

silverer's picture

Their military, soon to be 2 times the size of the rest of the world combined, thanks to converted iPhone assembly lines, is for defensive purposes only. It's simply a very large suggestion to let them have their space. I'll be more concerned when they are circling in NY Harbor.

RocketScience's picture

Gee, I wonder where China got all those missiles. Oh, I remember now. Nixon had the brilliant idea to open China up to "free" trade. The Chinese had mercantile ideas and built their economy behind a wall of protectionism.

This is the story of all world powers–they build their economies behind a trade barrier wall.

tuetenueggel's picture

every morning when sun rises, some stupids rise from their beds. now it´s US.

freethinker69's picture


DICK measuring contest need to end by ALL parties.


" Japan's defense ministry issued a token statement describing the flyover by the formation of Xian H-6 bombers, also known as China's B-52, earlier that day as "unusual", while noting that there had been no violation of Japanese airspace."

In other words China's military was exercising in international waters; just as US insist it has every right to do.


"A Chinese spy ship was lurking just 100 miles from Alaska's coast." And US don't send spy planes off China's coast?

TeraByte's picture

The head chopping Japanese won WWII or did they got their accounts all wrong?

Fake Trump's picture

They are still denying Nanjing Massacre and forcing women in Korea during the WW11 to entertain its soldiers sexually. They are known as "comfort women". 

silverer's picture

Aircraft number 11,126 out of 34,242. I'm beginning to believe it.

kaboomnomic's picture

Well.. Apparently TYLER haven't noticed, did he??

Here, back in APRIL 2017.


What the fuck Japan do on South China Sea??

And here's another,

Well?? Do you think China should just SIT IDLE while US, SK, Japan did military exercise NEAR ITS BORDERS??

Are you surprise with that China moves??

Are you really that stupid??




Juliette's picture

Good for China. Fuck Japan.

TradingTroll's picture


I guess Great Wall Motors can't wait to sell their paper mâché trucks in the US.

And when high tech hardware needs nano materials they will be running to China. Oops. Foxconn and all the other tech titans source their nano materials like thin film copper from Japan.

The Chinese buy Japanese cars and remove the identifying emblems. I hear they are working on upgrading Great Wall trucks from paper mâché to Peking duck.

The only thing China is good at today is running ponzi schemes. And even those are failing despite 1.3bn patsies.

Therefore...good for nothing. Japan will be happy to be fucked. They did just fine thanks very much under closed borders. While people in the US we're throwing their bedpan contents out the window onto passers by on the street, in Edo (Tokyo) there was a thriving fertilizer business collecting human waste from 1m citizens in Edo and distributing it to the farmers outside the city.

Japan will do just fine without China or anyone else. Unlike China, which needs people to accept it's fake Monopoly money when they buy real business outside China. Mark my words, those days are numbered.

ShakenNotStirred's picture

The only reason China grew its economy is for stealing, hacking and falsifying. Look forward to it being returned by US and Japan to what really is: a bunch of fishermen eating rice in their half-flooded huts.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

How is the Japanese Navy best viewed?


Through the bottom of a glass bottomed boat.

T_o_T's picture

the writer ad commenters here have litter history background on this issue. Maybe, they just pretend so.

roadhazard's picture

I hope the chinks got a good look at that THAAD strike.

Fake Trump's picture

American warships are all over the world.

Tommy_Peters's picture

Folks, this ,should stoke the elders of Nanjing or at the least the memory of the late Iris Chang. 2017 is the 80th anniversary and a ‘fitting tribute’ to the 300,000 victims of Hirohito’s ‘forgotten holocaust.’ This article is in dire need of a reference point and Imperial Japan is a good start, given yelling Banzai at the Yasukini shrine is still relevant. The salt in China’s wound is that the current Emperor is a direct descendant of the old man and it is business as usual; which is as preposterous for say, the Jews to tolerate a descendant of Adolf as Chancellor. A glass to Iris.

InnVestuhrr's picture

stop coddling the commies, just shoot the planes down