Japan Preparing to Defend Senkaku Islands Against Hostile Chinese Incursions

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As China’s military power continues to dramatically expand, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have been increasingly bullying and threatening a host of its neighbors. In addition to India and Taiwan, China has created territorial disputes with four of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations: Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Brunei.

But now it has also been increasing its conflicts with Japan over the Senkaku Islands in the past months. After announcing a new policy to allow its paramilitary Coast Guard to fire on foreign ships in what it calls its territorial waters, China has ramped up its patrols around the Senkakus in the East China Sea.

The mostly uninhabited islands belong to Japan but are claimed by China.

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that a “Japanese official said Tokyo was alarmed by the Chinese activities and was considering its response.” It added that according to the Japan Coast Guard, “The frequency of Chinese coastguard vessels entering the waters has risen from twice a month last year to twice a week in February.”

Last month Japan lodged a formal protest with China after two Chinese warships entered Japanese coastal waters near the Senkaku Islands, but now Japan is considering a stronger, possibly military response. SCMP quoted a Japanese official as saying:

Under our domestic law, the self-defense forces can use weapons as law enforcement against unlawful activities on behalf of our coastguard if the Chinese coastguard enters our territorial waters including surrounding the Senkaku Islands without permission.

This statement implies Japan is preparing to send military forces to back up its own coast guard against further Chinese incursions around the islands. Still, the SCMP wrote that the Japanese official stressed that Japan didn’t intend to escalate the situation but would increase pressure on China diplomatically with backing from allies such as the U.S., Britain, and Canada.

The U.S. Navy has been increasingly active in joint training and operations with the Japanese Navy, and the British Royal Navy is now sending its new flagship aircraft carrier the HMS Queen Elizabeth to the Pacific, including the contested South China Sea.

In January, a Royal Canadian Navy corvette joined in exercises with the US, Australian, and Japanese navies in the East China Sea after transiting the Taiwan Strait in its own version of Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPS) and in a show of solidarity with Taiwan. What additional naval forces Japan plans to deploy the islands is yet to be seen.

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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D MacKAY
D MacKAY
1 month ago

Wait for it! – Joe Biden will soon confront the situation with a pleading “Common Man!…but will he be talking to China or Japan?

Billy
Billy
1 month ago
Reply to  D MacKAY

Japan as he is owned by the CCP.

Dinkus
Dinkus
1 month ago
Reply to  D MacKAY

Biden will have the U.S. selling military planes, equipment and ammo to China. Would be what I would expect out of him.

Will
Will
1 month ago
Reply to  Dinkus

Well…the Communists in our country will sack Biden, and that fairly soon. Can you imagine things getting even WORSE? When I served in the USN, when Moby Dick was a sardine…we could have NEVER predicted the realities of today! Heavenly Father…SAVE US!

dennis taylor
dennis taylor
1 month ago

The Japanese and Chinese are still pissed at eachother over WW2 so who knows how this could turn out i only hope Biden doesn’t come running to the rescue or we’re all in for some big trouble.

John Chiu
John Chiu
1 month ago
Reply to  dennis taylor

Why should Japan be pissed? It’s like if I raped a woman and 30 years later you say we are pissed off at each other.

EMW70
EMW70
1 month ago
Reply to  John Chiu

You raped a woman in 1991? How old are you John Chiu?

Jose
Jose
1 month ago
Reply to  EMW70

Yes, he was arrested for “Assault With a Dead Weapon” limp in more than one way!

Bret
Bret
1 month ago
Reply to  John Chiu

I guarantee she would still be pissed at you for raping her! Until the afterlife ends completely! Women hold a 10 trillion year pledge to hold grudges! That’s just like if you are married and it’s the day before payday and you have enough to buy a pack of cigarettes or the candy bar she just told you she has a craving for if you choose the cigarettes you will be labeled a low life piece of crap for all eternity for making the wrong choice in her eyes! Her craving trumps anything on earth including your addiction to cigarettes! In her eyes.

Pawn
Pawn
1 month ago
Reply to  John Chiu

Japan was no angle but then who is. But looking at today’s realities, china needs to be put in it’s place because of chinese aggression, chinese terrible record of human rights and chinese buying the world. Me I am all for making china a parking lot

Jose
Jose
1 month ago
Reply to  Pawn

A sea of glass sounds good!

Colline
Colline
1 month ago

Wo! The United States better help Japan ! China is getting too big for their britches.

Recce1
Recce1
1 month ago
Reply to  Colline

It’s not a matter of who is too big for its britches. It’s who has legal claim to the islands. That’s Japan.

China is claiming the S. China Sea right up to the territorial waters of a number of countries. It’s also building artificial islands in the S. China Sea. It’s time to put a stop to it.

But Biden is more worried about US military women’s clothing and hairstyles.

Pissed Off America
Pissed Off America
1 month ago
Reply to  Recce1

Obiden is worried about his next Chinese paycheck to his son for his cut. He looking to get the women’s panties.to sniff. What a loser!

Recce1
Recce1
1 month ago

I fear you’re quite correct. Worse, I fear that Beijing Joe is not the ACTING president due to his mental decline. So just who is in charge, Harris, Obama, Soros – or a triumvirate?

Jimmy Killian
Jimmy Killian
1 month ago
Reply to  Recce1

I think Soros & ,Company’ thrust theirs puppets Obama..

Billy
Billy
1 month ago
Reply to  Recce1

China could give a flip about law.

Recce1
Recce1
1 month ago
Reply to  Billy

Any law other than that of Chinese Communist law! International law and treaties mean nothing other than a means to an end. SADLY, they’ll only respond to force, be it political, economic, OR military.

John Chiu
John Chiu
1 month ago
Reply to  Recce1

The 11-dash line was promulgated in 1947 with U.S. approval. Our government in Washington is the most dishonest in the world. Many of those “countries” were colonies after WWII and didn’t claim anything. It’s the U.S. encouraging everyone to make claims. It’s part of our containment policy.

EMW70
EMW70
1 month ago
Reply to  John Chiu

John Choi, the “U.S. Government” never “approved” the 9- or 11-dash line on behalf of the CCP. The U.S. Government didn’t even recognize the PRC until 1979. Quit spreading your PLA lies. Same regarding colonies. Philippines, South Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia were all independent countries post-CCP control of the mainland.

Recce1
Recce1
1 month ago
Reply to  John Chiu

Sorry, I don’t buy the CCP propaganda line. The so-called Nine Dash thru Eleven Dash lines are invalid.

Bret
Bret
1 month ago
Reply to  John Chiu

It’s all part of the retards in the governments plan to keep the USA in never ending wars to gain money by ripping everyone off not just a few people!

Sage
Sage
1 month ago
Reply to  John Chiu

Yeah everything in the world that is bad is the fault of the United States, right John? Give me a break.

Jose
Jose
1 month ago
Reply to  Recce1

And don’t forget gender and the real biggy, GENITALS!

John Chiu
John Chiu
1 month ago
Reply to  Colline

But those islands were taken by the U.S. from China and given to Japan. The U.S. deserves to be nuked!

EMW70
EMW70
1 month ago
Reply to  John Chiu

Another PLA lie, and war gesture. PLA is such a pathetic, untested group of kids. Don’t you remember the result of your 1979 invasion into Vietnam?

Recce1
Recce1
1 month ago
Reply to  John Chiu

So you’re a Chinese communist propagandist encouraging war against the US? Be VERY careful what you wish for. We should have taken such action for their release of the man-made Chinese Wuhan COVID biological weapon.

Bret
Bret
1 month ago
Reply to  Colline

It sounds like even confucious is confused??????

RangerEDGE5
RangerEDGE5
1 month ago

Seen this bad moon rising for quite some time now.

Wharf Rat
Wharf Rat
1 month ago

Real question is who will we side with – three guesses

Jojodmonkey
Jojodmonkey
1 month ago

Well I guess the corrupt satanic Chinese nazi democrats are truly believing their own propaganda. The Japanese have kicked the Chinese butts for thousands of years, and will do so again!!!

Robert Sohn
Robert Sohn
1 month ago

Japan is rightly concerned with the hostile Chinese incursions around the Senkaku islands which belong to them. The Communist Chinese Party which dictates all government policy will not be satisfied until they gain world domination. Just look at the recent activities against Taiwan and Hong Kong. India has also recently defended itself from Chinese cyberwarfare intended to disrupt their country’s economic, political and military welfare. It would be wise for Japan to consult the United States, Canada and the British. Pray for those leading these countries to govern wisely and take measures to secure their nation’s security. To God alone who is all wise and sovereign. God’s will be done.

John Chiu
John Chiu
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Sohn

They did not belong to Japan before the U.S. gave adminstrative rights to Japan. They were stripped from China in 1895. All territories they took were supposed to be returned to China. The U.S. is violating the Potsdam Declaration.

EMW70
EMW70
1 month ago
Reply to  John Chiu

This is the most factual PLA propaganda you provided yet. However, the Potsdam Declaration is a snapshot in time, not a treaty. It’s like the U.S.’s One China Policy, it can be changed in the twinkling of an eye. CCP does that all the time, so yo should understand.

proudmomoffive
proudmomoffive
1 month ago
Reply to  John Chiu

Would you care to talk about the Chinese Communist regime, the persecution, torture and assassination’s of Christians in your country? The organ harvesting of Chinese minorities? The forced abortions on women? The stealing of farmers’ land and livelihood to build their artificial cities? The luxurious and rich livelihoods of the elite of the Communist party, as opposed to many millions of Chinese who live in poverty? Should I go on? Your country is now the enemy of the world, the ideology it is trying to impose by force is diabolical and has cost the lives of more than 100 million people. Care to talk about that? If not, we will assume that you are a Chinese troll paid by the Clinton Foundation.

proudmomoffive
proudmomoffive
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Sohn

“It would be wise for Japan to consult the United States, Canada and the British” Seriously?!! We have sleepy Joe, who’s not worth a peanut; the Canadians have an emasculated version of Justin Biever called Justin Trudeau who is such a stupid loser, and the Brits are no better. I won’t be surprised if sleepy Joe decides to side with China. Remember when the world turned a blind eye when Hitler was sending Jews to concentration camps? I’m afraid we will se history repeat itself. Japan is now threatened by China, but in reality, they have been disappearing for quite some time. Japan is the largest contributor to Planned Parenthood International Federation. I’ve always been curious why Japan is in such pronounced demographic winter. They will disappear in 50 years. If the Chinese invade Japan, they’re only shortening the time for the inevitable a little bit.

John Chiu
John Chiu
1 month ago

The Diaoyu Islands were clearly Chinese territory according to both American and Japanese documents. The U.S. gave “administrative rights” to the islands to Japan only because mainland China switched from Nationalist to Communist. Stop writing lies!

Recce1
Recce1
1 month ago
Reply to  John Chiu

Just how close to the territorial LANDMASS of the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, and Malaysia China’s claim come and how far does it extend from China?

Will
Will
1 month ago
Reply to  John Chiu

Well…regardless of how heated it gets, you have to admit that Mr Chiu brings up some very cogent facts. And why assume that he is not an American? HELLO! There are a few million Americans of Chinese descent!

Elizabeth Estrada
1 month ago

LISTEN UP….GOD gave the JAPAN ISLANDS to Me ..for MY INHERITANCE. ISRAEL Gets JERUSALEM and the PROMISED LAND. The REST of the WORLD Be longs to GOD and JESUS. IT Shall Come to Pass. FromSamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

AMERICAN ALLIES UNITED

JAPAN ISLANDS … Are A Stepping Stone To AMERICA! … It Is OUR JOB To Protect Our ALLIES. … We Should Be Navigating The South China Sea WITH JAPAN. … COME ON MAN! … Our MOTTO IS! … UNITED WE STAND. … DIVIDED WE “ALL” WILL FALL.

Howard Willinghan
Howard Willinghan
1 month ago

Couldn’t this be considered just another Chinese “cultural norm”? I’m sure that’s the logical ” Woke” viewpoint. I fear we lost our Republic on Nov 3rd and held its funeral on Jan 20th.

John Watson
1 month ago

The Chinese under their current leadership are trying to control not only the areas and land masses referred to in this article but are intent on the insane idea of ruling the entire planet. Only madmen have this desire in their mind that only they can run the world. The Chinese Premier has in the past stated that he is destined to rule the entire world. What a sick mind he has.

Pythias
Pythias
1 month ago

China considers Biden weak and a push over with no guts. Look for a lot more of the same from China. They will push beyond limits.

Disgusted
Disgusted
1 month ago
Reply to  Pythias

China is not the only one that consider beijing biden and the Ho weak. Their worthlessness is for the world to see and take advantage of. That’s what we deserve for allowing self-serving money hoarders and self serving imbeciles like these and their handlers, aka obama get near power. We did it to ourselves.

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Brett Gordon
1 month ago

China has taken off the mask to reveal their real intentions for the rest of the world. They have built a military force that is too big for just defense, but is built for offense. They attacked the world with a pandemic that has devastated many countries, then they lied about it, confirming the appearance of a deliberate act on humanity. They now are making noise about what they DEMAND from other countries. With Joe in their pocket, the world’s safety is in more danger than Europe was in the late 1930’s. Remember that China is a nationalistic country, something the left accused Trump of and claimed was dangerous, and China has NO religion making their intentions problematic. There is a disturbing similarity to where the Japanese were in the 1930’s and how did that turn out?

Major B
Major B
1 month ago

I am surprised that no one has mentioned the potential for military conflict between Japan and China.

Ask yourself this: if military conflict between the two were to erupt would the US honor the defense treaties it has with its ally Japan and come to its aid???

This appears to be a great example of being between a rock and a hard place.

GB
Major, Squadron Commander, 42nd Bomb Wing, 2nd Air Force, Strategic Air Command (SAC), US Air Force, 1960-74 

Madeleine
Madeleine
1 month ago

Time for all those asleep or “Woke” to wake up. This is all pantomime ! Biden is no longer on this Earth, actors are playing the parts or CGI or Clones/Body doubles. The Military are flushing our the Deep State World Wide hence the delay in President Trump actively playing his role as President as Military are protecting him . Soon all will be revealed


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