China warns Japan not to 'play with fire' in South China Sea

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    SANITY Regular Member

    Oct 16, 2014
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    BEIJING: China on Thursday warned Japan against "playing with fire" in the contested waters of the South China Sea, after Tokyo announced it may patrol alongside the US in the region.

    China also sent fighter planes for the first time over a strait near Japan on Monday as part of a group of more than 40 jets headed to train in the West Pacific.

    The move followed remarks by Japanese defence minister Tomomi Inada this month that Tokyo would increase its engagement in the South China Sea through joint training with the US Navy, exercises with regional navies and capacity-building assistance to coastal nations.

    The Chinese defence ministry said the aim of the announcement was "to mess up the South China Sea situation and try to gain interests from the troubled waters."

    "If Japan wants to conduct any joint patrol or joint exercises in waters administered by China, it is just like playing with fire, and the Chinese military will not sit and watch," ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a regular press briefing.

    Beijing asserts sovereignty over almost all of the South China Sea, dismissing rival partial claims from its Southeast Asian neighbours. It rejects any intervention by Japan in the waterway.

    In recent months Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has criticised China for rejecting a July ruling by an international tribunal, which said Beijing's extensive claims to the waters had no legal basis.

    Tokyo, a key US ally, is also strengthening defence ties with other countries in the disputed region. Japan and China are already at loggerheads over a longstanding territorial row in the East China Sea.

    That dispute relates to uninhabited islets controlled by Japan known as the Senkakus in Japanese and the Diaoyus in Chinese.
  3. Mikesingh

    Mikesingh Senior Member Senior Member

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    Tora Bora
    China + Porkistan = The biggest brain fart industry!
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  4. Nicky G

    Nicky G Senior Member Senior Member

    Nov 24, 2014
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    Those who bark seldom bite. True with regards to both Chini and Paki.

    What will China do exactly in retaliation for an exercise? What did they do when we went drilling into Vietnam or constructing much needed infra in Arunachal? Nothing.

    The Japanese should not bother and just presss on.

    Anyway, it serves Indian interest to keep the Chini occupied in SCS. That way we can deal with Paki without any inteference. Not that Chini is likely to do much anyway.
  5. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

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    Chinese Navy holds combat drill in the international waters in the Sea of Japan

    File photo: PLA NAVY's missile destroyer Xi'an, missile frigate Hengshui, and supply ship Gaoyouhu in the Rim of the Pacific 2016 (RIMPAC 2016) multinational naval exercise in Hawaii, the United States

    China’s PLA Navy has kicked off a combat drill in the international waters near the Sea of Japan on August 18, 2016. The missile destroyer Xi'an, missile frigate Hengshui, and supply ship Gaoyouhu forms a team to combat against PLA's East Sea Fleet.

    The drill was held on the fleets' way back from the Rim of the Pacific 2016 (RIMPAC 2016) multinational naval exercise in Hawaii, the United States.
  6. kamaal

    kamaal Regular Member

    Jul 9, 2016
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    I don't understand this aggressive stand of Chinese with Japan side, Japan is considered to be the most pacifist developed nation now, but the Chinese govt has still maintained this useless gesture against Japan.

    China is very slowly seen as the new USA in Asian region, but is has forgot one thing that it is not 1960 or 70s where you will have under-developed countries to fight against.

    China should avoid this useless statement because, after the verdict of ICA on SCS, China's claim on SCS was literally thwarted by the court.

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