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China entitled to demand more transparency in Japan's military

By Luo Yuan (PLA Daily)

14:21, August 08, 2011

Like those that came before, Japan's "2011 Defense White Paper," which was released on Aug. 2, paid particular attention to China and has played up the "China threat," sown dissention in China and its neighboring countries, and deliberately creates tension.

As is well known, China bore the brunt of Japanese aggression during the Second World War. Instead of reflecting on the history of its invasions, Japan has repeatedly criticized China in its reports for being a threat.

There are three main reasons behind Japan's actions:

The first goal is to transfer domestic public attention, provoke nationalist sentiment and shift domestic trouble to China. The second is to cover up the fact that Japan violated its Pacifist Constitution when it expanded its military capacities, and to make an excuse for its increasing investment in defense. The third is to meet the demand of some hegemonic powers seeking to contain China and attempt to attract neighboring countries to establish an Asian version of a "mini-NATO."

As for Japan's "China threat" rhetoric and its demand for China's military transparency, China has done its best to maximize its military transparency. If some Japanese politicians pretend not to understand, China can frankly tell them that China's military development aims to defend its borders and deter enemies.

First, China must ensure its sovereignty and territorial integrity and safeguard its territories. Second, China must also prevent the resurgence of the countries that were once sources of catastrophic wars and guard against warmongers. This will be beneficial to both Asian people and the Japanese people. China sticks to the diplomatic policy of building friendships and partnerships with neighboring countries, adheres to a defensive policy and will never pose a threat to any country. An old Chinese saying goes, "Harbor no ill intention against others, but never relax vigilance against evil-doers."

While Japan has no justification to criticize the Chinese military for lack of transparency, China and other Asian countries have every reason to urge Japan to enhance its military transparency. There are many doubts regarding Japan's defense policy. Japan said that it would shift the defense focus to southwestern islands as a preparation for possible security threats. Will the security of its southwestern islands be threatened if it does not make waves first? Japan has expressed heavy criticism that Chinese warships have posed a security threat to it by going through the First Island Chain and conducting military drills. Does the international law stipulate that Chinese warships must not sail in international waters? Since when did Japan own the First Island Chain?

Japan has continued to repeat that it will make efforts to protect its over 1,000-nautical-mile coastline. Why does it deploy soldiers in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zones of other countries? Japan has frequently used its security treaty with the United States to threaten other countries despite knowing that it is just a bilateral security agreement. What reason does it have to apply the bilateral treaty to China's Taiwan and Diaoyu Islands? Japan has demanded China to explain intentions behind regular naval drills in the Western Pacific. Why did it forget to give China an explanation for frequent joint military exercises with the United States at China's doorstep?

Japan wants China to improve transparency in its aircraft carrier program. There are 20 active aircraft carriers in nine countries in the world, why has Japan never asked these countries to improve transparency? The displacement of Japan's Hyuga and Ise surface warships is close to that of the invincible-class aircraft carriers of the United Kingdom. Why does Japan classify the two warships as helicopter destroyers in a self-deceiving way rather than as de facto helicopter carriers? What are its intentions? Japan should provide the Asian people, especially the Chinese people, with clear answers to the above questions.

Currently, Japan is still in the shadow of the massive earthquake and its primary task should be the post-disaster reconstruction. Regarding the disaster suffered by the People of Japan, the people of China felt the same way they felt and have given them a hand to help them. Some Japanese politicians should not return kindness with ingratitude, but should do self-examinations and focus on Japan's domestic construction. Besides, you have no right to comment on other counties irresponsibly or criticize other countries' national defense policies unreasonably.

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PD User at 2011-08-10211.157.209.*
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Joseph Tan at 2011-08-09182.63.135.*
Very well thought and written article.
Kimusabi at 2011-08-09123.243.46.*
The japanese rightists seems to have only 60 years of history.They don't know what's the meaning of the word "transperency" means.they are the copycat they just follow their colonial master says & that's it!Look at the two so-called helicopter-carriers that are actually aircraft-carriers!They appeared all of a certain from no way just over night! Wake up! our southeast asian brothers & beware this japanese rightists they try to revive the so-called "great east asian co-sphere by using the two very transperent aircraft carriers to achieve their aim!
Kimusabi at 2011-08-09123.243.46.*
The japanese rightists seems to have only 60 years of history.They don't know what's the meaning of the word "transperency" means.they are the copycat they just follow their colonial master says & that's it!Look at the two so-called helicopter-carriers that are actually aircraft-carriers!They appeared all of a certain from no way just over night! Wake up! our southeast asian brothers & beware this japanese rightists they try to revive the so-called "great east asian co-sphere by using the two very transperent aircraft carriers to achieve their aim!
arkhangelsk at 2011-08-09210.177.156.*
>reflecting on the history of its invasions, Japan has repeatedly criticized China in its reports for being a threat. Does "reflecting on the history of its invasion" = "not defending against an ascending threat"?If anything, other lessons that may be drawn is "If you are militarily weak, you will get invaded". Nanking happened because the Japanese REACHED Nanking, remember?>first goal is to transfer domestic public attentionChina does that a lot more than Japan, I believe. The fact they have to keep putting pre-1945 in the microwave shows they have little after that to complain about.>second is to cover up the fact that Japan violated its Pacifist ConstitutionOh god! They violated a self-imposed restraint (another version is that it is an American restraint, which the Americans soon regretted ever having made it).>increasing investment in defenseLook at the charts. It is only China that's doing so.>third is to meet the demand of some hegemonic powersOK, that's close to the truth. It is arguable that most of the SDF's growth was in response to American pressure.>China can frankly tell them that China's military development aims to defend its borders and deter enemies. I see a lot of offensive weapons development. Let's face it, the correlation of military force in Asia IS turning to favor China.>adheres to a defensive policy and will never pose a threat to any countryPoor, poor Vietnam.>Will the security of its southwestern islands be threatened if it does not make waves first?It is China that's making far more waves. What's this? New aircraft carrier?In fact, Japan makes so few waves, China has to keep putting 1937-1945 in the microwave to try and maintain the specter of a threat. Again, and again, and again.>international law stipulate that Chinese warships must not sail in international watersInternational law and whether it was a security issue are two different things.. It is, of course, China's right to sail in those waters, but might other countries worry? China strieks when a US carrier comes close, too.Besides, given the distances involved, the PLAN must have transited their EEZs. Given that China takes aggressive action at a mere surveillance ship in their EEZ, it has no right to complain.>Why does it deploy soldiers in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zones of other countries?Examples? Don't count those the Japanese are already known to count as theirs.>Japan has frequently used its security treaty with the United States to threaten other countries despite knowing that it is just a bilateral security agreement.Specifics here.>What reason does it have to apply the bilateral treaty to China's Taiwan and Diaoyu Islands? Taiwan? When.Diaoyu islands are the Senkakus to them. China didn't even start complaining until about 1970.>Why did it forget to give China an explanation for frequent joint military exercises with the United States at China's doorstep?Since it is already no secret that they view China as an offensive threat, the explanation is obvious.Look at the map, Luo. Exercises in the East China Sea and Yellow Sea are broadly on an axis BETWEEN China and Japan. Thus, the action may be classified as defensive.China's recent exercises involved running all the way to the FAR side of Japan. Can you really claim that is defensive? What are they exercising?>why has Japan never asked these countries to improve transparency?Because they are part of the West. America is its direct ally and the rest probably won't see Asia once every 10 years. China's carrier sits on one of their trade routes.>Why does Japan classify the two warships as helicopter destroyers in a self-deceiving way rather than as de facto helicopter carriers?It is really more to satisfy local appetites. As long as they have to satisfy such local appetites, China is more than safe.
  

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