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

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.

Comments

earleflorida Fri, 07/14/2017 - 21:17 Permalink

hmmm...?gunboat dipomacy 21st century style!so, ass`hole Trump & Family (American Tsarist Autocracy), what ya gonna do with NK, never mind when Russia goes S-400 Cuban 'BayPig' redux Style !so whatcha gonna do[?],... punk!!! 

W270 earleflorida Sat, 07/15/2017 - 11:13 Permalink

Earle I like the way you say asshole. It is as if you have smelled a few but not by choice.  Have you been held down and force to sniff a few?  Hmmm that would explain your idiocy.  Maybe a little oxygen deprivation could explain your angry blurb?  As for the choices that DJT has to decide from, BHO made the situation way worse so you can take his poster in his mama jeans off of the wall in your shiter, pussy!

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earleflorida W270 Sat, 07/15/2017 - 12:11 Permalink

ok dipshit...did ya ever think trump could (n)ever fulfill his campaign promises from the getgo, but his political GOP adversaries alternatives and hillary were just too much to swallow so we all gave him a vote!well asshole we've been had!!!ya don't want to admit your mistake you ignorant/arrogant dumbfuck!why do ya think trump tweets his nostop BS!?yeah,... its a witch`hunt that was all part of the game of a ellorate game`blame... and the other side ate its own, but once the dust settles the lies exposed and the turning begins will be nothing moar than a changing of the guards in a 4th estate that slowly died by guilt with jfk and passed away forever after '911' haunted by its obituary when they [tptb] played their last trump card on a trump! he wants to stir the pot and keep the agenda imprisoned?--- now hes got his mojo flowing, and everybody says,... why do they hate (USSA?) him so much!he luvs it, as he makes his animal deals!remember this doughboy--- no one gets to be POTUS unless you've been vested by the Arab and Zionist Lobby and trump and jared should've answered that question after the $110 (total package ~300 bn) billion miltary airlift to the zio`jihadist and Aramco Listing on the worlds most liquid [largest] Equity Exchange Market...fuck you-ASSHOLE -)  

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directaction Sat, 07/15/2017 - 01:00 Permalink

Japan is playing with fire.

The Japanese should follow the lead of its master, the US, and provoke, then attack, a much weaker country for no reason whatsoever.

I suggest Canada or Panama, but not China.

ironmace Fri, 07/14/2017 - 21:35 Permalink

Taiwan's breaking away, the rape of Nanking, Korea issues etc.China has a lot of face to save. It will happen, sooner or later.unless their economy implodes or the Chinese people hang their government and factory bosses on meathooks.which is OK, because all the meathooks are made in China anyway.....

FoggyWorld Fri, 07/14/2017 - 21:41 Permalink

Why would another country want to even fly over Fukushima Land?    And cannot believe for one minute that China is stupid enough to want to possess that country with nuclear power plants choking it like a necklace.But China sure doesn't intend to improve relations with the US and it's time for Trump to realize that one.   Putin was the one who reached out early on and the Democrats with all of their games scared Trump away from Putin.  Time for Trump to recognize he has been had and now move ahead and ignore the noise and proceed to try to work with Putin who was prepared to do that from the get go.And also time for him to kick Sessions in the butt.   Not one single Clinton criminal has faced any form of justice whatsoever.And Trump might ask out loud - Who killed Seth Rich?   And then order the FBI to get going even though it is very late in the game.  They do have Seth's PC and many of us would love to know just what is on it.   Ditto Anthony Weiner's and the DC servers.     

earleflorida FoggyWorld Fri, 07/14/2017 - 22:04 Permalink

trump and his family are only interested in increasing the families wealth and creating america's new dynasty.he's nothing moar than a billionaire 'nixonian'seriously 6 months and shit  (tax cuts/ healthcare/ the wall) but a 12% rise in the stock market and all other assets should tell ya he's no fucking good!his kids, his son-n-law, his goldmanite wh staff, i mean... we've been had

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Lynn Trainor Fri, 07/14/2017 - 22:28 Permalink

Our priorities suck.  We are close to bankruptcy and economic collapse - we can't afford to rebuild our military, but can afford to pay for transgenerder operations. 

sinbad2 tuetenueggel Sat, 07/15/2017 - 17:33 Permalink

Michael Faraday  22 September 1791 – 25 August 1867It was by his research on the magnetic field around a conductor carrying a direct current that Faraday established the basis for the concept of the electromagnetic field in physics. Faraday also established that magnetism could affect rays of light and that there was an underlying relationship between the two phenomena. He similarly discovered the principles of electromagnetic induction and diamagnetism, and the laws of electrolysis. His inventions of electromagnetic rotary devices formed the foundation of electric motor technology, and it was largely due to his efforts that electricity became practical for use in technology. German science is currently the best, the US would still be flying propeller planes and would not have gone to the moon if not for German scientists, but electric fields are all down to Faraday.I thought you would have learned that at school, he's up there with Newton and Kepler.

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