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India playing around, Japan dangerous in S China Sea

By Zhang Wenmu (Global Times)

14:59, October 19, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Recently, both Japan and India fully interfered in the South China Sea issue and met resistance from countries including the Philippines and Vietnam. But I believe that although the two both want to step in the muddy water, their roles will be completely different.

Comparatively speaking, Japan almost has vital interests in the South China Sea. Japan is located in a relatively sealed place in northeastern Asia. To its north, its Kuril Islands dispute with Russia is still unsolved. To its west, it has territorial disputes left over from its history with China, North Korea and South Korea, and the feelings of the people of these countries hurt by Japan during the Second World have not recovered yet.

Japan and China also have a contradiction of geo-strategic interests in the East China Sea. To its east, the alliance of Japan and the United States seems to be tight, but the Untied States is the only country to have dropped nuclear bombs on Japan, and the two sides have never completely trusted each other. Japan is an island that is extremely short natural resources and the South China Sea is an inevitable way for Japan to reach other places of the world.

Therefore, it is quite obvious how important the South China Sea is to Japan's strategic interests. A large strategic demand leads to a structural strategic contradiction. That is why Japan launched the Pacific War in the 20th century. Currently, although the global situation has greatly changed, Japan's difficult geopolitical position and Japan's intention and ways of solving this issue still have not changed.

Japan has stepped in the South China Sea dispute in the name of curbing China's "increasingly assertive territorial claim" and has obtained the support of Indonesia and the Philippines, but these countries do not know they are inviting trouble to themselves. Everyone knows that the precondition for Japan's invasion of the South China Sea is a group of islands that can be used as its springboards, and Taiwan will be Japan's first target.

Japan has coveted Taiwan for a long time. It admitted in a China-Japan joint communiqué in 1972 that Taiwan does not belong to Japan but has never recognized China’s sovereignty over Taiwan. This shows Japan’s long-time blameworthy desire for the South China Sea. If Japan really controlled Taiwan some day, the Philippines would be its next springboard.

Ironically, it is the Philippines, the first victim of the Pacific War, that opened the door for Japan’s intervention in the South China Sea dispute. The Yalta System established after the Second World War has effectively ensured the safety of Southeast Asian countries. The purpose of the system giving Taiwan back to China is to prevent Japan from entering the South China Sea, and the legal guarantee of the system is Japan’s Peace Constitution, which has almost become a dead letter.

In such a context, certain Southeast Asian countries that adopt an opportunistic foreign policy are actually digging their own graves by inviting Japan to step in and causing a leak in the Yalta System, which can ensure peace in the Far East.

Unlike Japan, India’s intervention into the affairs in the South China Sea is at most to just show its presence there. India’s top priority in terms of national security lies in the Indian Ocean instead of the South China Sea. The U.S. Diego Garcia naval base in the Indian Ocean as well as the results of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 21st century have proven that India has a long way to go to control the ocean.

Furthermore, India has to keep an eye on the military power of its neighbors in the north. India’s high-profile intervention into the South China Sea is at most to copy the diplomatic strategy that was adopted by the United Kingdom in 1902 to work with Japan to contain Russia in a hope to contain China in the East because the politics in the South China Sea have no strategic value for India.

It is irrational for India, which is near the oil-rich Persian Gulf, to have a special demand for oil and gas resources in the South China Sea. By contrast, the South China Sea is vital to Japan and the country once took actual control of Taiwan in history. If Japan supports the "Taiwan independence" forces to take office in Taiwan, all of East Asia will face a disaster.


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dHBXfdyn at 2012-02-07178.32.122.*
Lol I think U.S. tiynrg to make money to pay their debt& If reunification ever happens between China and Taiwan I just hope its peaceful& I have relatives on both sides&
PD User at 2011-12-12141.0.9.*
it seems u pakistanis have not learnt a lesson from usa. superpowers dont have friends but only interests. atleast usa was generous with dollars but china is not. so ur obsession with india is mother of all your problems which made you take wrong steps in the past and you doing the same thing now.
PD User at 2011-12-12141.0.9.*
i dont know wether india is smelling or not you are pig shit who gets a kick abusing ur motherland u ass hole.
venu at 2011-12-12141.0.9.*
in the name of strategy china is throwing all caution to the winds and arming its ally pakistan to the teeth. how does pak pays back. sends militants into china and disrupts life. china has been unusual in its behaviour of late printing maps with out J & K entering indian territories. all these actions doesnot show that china wants to be peaceful. if india enters south china sea for business you have problems.shame on your policy of befriending militant and rogue pakistan and trying to create problems for peace loving india. jai hind
Bani at 2011-12-02203.193.154.*
@Prabhu you cry too much.

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