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Japanese drills should raise red flags for China

By Lu Yanghui and Dong Wei (China Youth Daily)

15:07, November 21, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

On Nov. 10, the Japanese Self-Defense Force carried out a large-scale island defense drill in the southwestern part of Japan, including Kyushu, Okinawa and other places. The drill was Japan's first large-scale military drill against China since the Yoshihiko Noda cabinet came into power. It was also another military attempt of containing China by the Japanese government after a series of small diplomatic attempts.

The main purpose of this drill was to test the mobility of Japan's elite ground force in long-distance cross-regional combat. During the drill, the Japanese Self-Defense Force quickly transported the battle force to the combat area by all means to have the initiative.

This drill carried out by the Japanese Self-Defense Force was a practical implementation of the guideline of "constructing a mobile defense force that possesses fast reaction ability, mobility, flexibility, sustainability and versatility, adapts to the development of military technologies and is supported by high-level military and information technologies" prescribed by the National Defense Program Outline of 2010.

The second unique point of the drill was that civil forces participated in the drill. During the drill, the Japan Self-Defense Forces mobilized and organized civil high-speed cargo passenger ferryboats to carry out the force projection mission.

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arkhangelsk at 2011-11-22219.79.229.*
Dear Richard: It is actually very nice to see that the PD can at least be more objective than some of its readers. Like it or not, at the moment Japan has sovereignty. China only even started claiming it after oil appeared.As for the reason they are doing that, all you have to do is see PD User.As for respecting Chinese sovereignty, they are doing that. Respecting Chinese sovereignty is just fine but that"s a different matter to treating every new Chinese claim as a valid piece of sovereignty.
arkhangelsk at 2011-11-22219.79.229.*
Dear PD USer with long post: Such statements actually go very far to show why other nations guard against China.
Harald at 2011-11-22119.111.62.*
PD user your calculations lack any sense of reality. What importance has the quality of an American vs. a Chinese stealth fighter? The size of the Chinese vs. the Japanese GDP? an open war between Japan and China would destroy global economy and most likely end in nuclear holocaust. It"s not an option in either country. This is all about upping the antes in a dispute about some islands on which both China and Japan have claims. As simple as that, and besides, PD chose exactly the right words for describing the situation. Just because western newspapers always mix fact with opinion doesn"t mean PD should do the same.
Easterner at 2011-11-22116.197.0.*
Defending your homeland is fine. But if Tokyo ever think of launching a pre-emptive strike or touch Chinese"s soil, it will find a storm unleashed. It will have awken a tiger in a tigers" stepped on a fire-ant hill, or disturb killer bees. The memories of Japanese atrocities are still fresh. Tokyo should really think and think hard where they stand and who they should be allied with.
nahmed at 2011-11-22119.73.33.*
Did Japan forget American"s nuclear bombing of their two cities? After about 70 years, the country still taking advices from the country who ruined them. They should think Asian, do Asian and love asians.
  

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