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Originally posted by Thunderheart
China says they own Diaoyu island, Japan says they bought it form "someone", the Chinese find this hilarious because "someone" in Chinese translates to "Japan",.
Diaoyu island is only 4.3km long but China is taking this very seriously because they consider Japan's intrusion as a violation of their territory since they say they own this island, also, the location of it is very relevant as a military position.
China does not take Japan's military abilities lightly, they believe Japan has a very strong military and that they are crazy so...
I just hope they don't drag us into this mess.
Originally posted by penninja
Completely different from America where here this would be "Red Dawn" in Japan this is "Chinese fishing violation"
Originally posted by tjack
The Chinese are also still sore at the Japanese for atrocities committed upon them by Imperial Japan during the second Sino-Japanese war, and I'm sure they're still itching for a little payback.
Anti-Japan sentiment is very strong in China today, even before this whole island thing started to blow up.
The three-month summer fishing ban in the East China Sea ended on September 16. Over 10,000 fishing boats set off for fishing from Zhejiang province and Fujian province. According to incomplete statistics, over 1,000 Chinese fishing boats from Zhejiang and Fujian enter waters around Diaoyu Islands for fishing every year. A Chinese Marine surveillance official said they will continue the patrol and law enforcement in waters near Diaoyu Islands.
Originally posted by bjarneorn
I think Japan is the one who is acting stupid in this case ... their conduct in this case, is reprentable. So is the US conduct here as well.
Originally posted by fenceSitter
The difference this year is that the disputed islands (according to Japan) have been brought by the government. So from Japan's perspective, these islands now belong to the nation, not a private citizen. Not sure if that will make a difference or not - we'll just have to wait and see if/how the Japanese respond when the fleet enters the area.
I was just reading this article, in the Telegraph online: Beijing hints at bond attack on Japan Although it doesn't make the headline, the possibility of REEs being cited as a possible weapon is right there:
Separately, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported that China is drawing up plans to cut off Japan’s supplies of rare earth metals needed for hi-tech industry.
The warnings came as anti-Japanese protests spread to 85 cities across China, forcing Japanese companies to shutter factories and suspend operations.
Fitch Ratings threatened to downgrade a clutch of Japanese exporters if the clash drags on. It warned that Nissan is heavily at risk with 26p of its global car sales in China, followed by Honda with 20pc. Sharp and Panasonic both have major exposure. Japan’s exports to China were $74bn in the first half of this year. Bilateral trade reached $345bn last year.
Japan doesn't and hasn't committed any atrocities of yet
Yes a nuclear plant went boom, but they've taken more care of their land than China.
Originally posted by yourmaker
Originally posted by Sek82
Is China that hard up on resources? One of the larger islands is only two by one miles in size, and I don't see many docking areas there. What are they all going to do once they get there?
it's to set a precedent. incrementally taking land piece by piece, would demoralize japan as well.