China’s territorial aggression reminiscent of imperial Japan

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    China’s territorial aggression reminiscent of imperial Japan | GulfNews.com

    Some China scholars have begun to accuse Beijing of “salami tactics” in seeking to seize gradual control of the South China Sea. The term evokes disturbing echoes of Nazi Germany’s incremental aggression until it was ready for all-out war.

    Applying Second World War terminology to China’s current behaviour may seem overblown, but it is apt. In fact, China’s actions also resemble those of another bad actor of that tragic period: Imperial Japan.

    The emerging Japan of the 1920s and ’30s, like today’s China, was steeped in historic resentment of the West’s forcible imposition of commercial and cultural influence. Even as Western interaction hugely benefited Japan’s economy then and China’s now, both countries set about building military capabilities commensurate with their new economic prowess.

    Naked military power was seen by imperial Japan, as it is by the Communist Party in China, as necessary to defend and expand industrial achievements and economic influence against hostile western nations, most notably the US.

    After attacking and annexing Manchuria on the basis of a minor pretext in 1931, Japanese forces extended their invasion into China proper. By the end of the 1930s, Tokyo was ready to look beyond its controlled land area comprising the home islands, Korea, Taiwan and much of China.

    On August 1, 1940, Japanese foreign minister Yosuke Matsuoka announced his government’s intention to establish a “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” under Japan’s physical and/or political control and free of western influence. It would include the former European colonies of Southeast Asia –— what Tokyo called the Southern Regions — and the Pacific Islands.

    The Co-Prosperity Sphere would provide a supply of regional raw materials and energy resources to ensure Japanese self-sufficiency while enabling Japan to control the world’s access to these vital areas and commercial routes.

    Mirroring the strategy of Japan’s military government prior to Second World War, the newly established People’s Republic of China first consolidated its territory before venturing into wider maritime regions. In 1950, the same year it supported North Korea’s invasion of South Korea, China invaded and incorporated Tibet and East Turkestan (now Xinjiang). In 1962, it invaded India and seized territory which it still holds. In 1969, it engaged in a series of border conflicts with the Soviet Union that almost erupted into all-out war. In 1979, after Vietnam had invaded Cambodia and overthrown China’s ally, Pol Pot, China invaded northern Vietnam to “teach it a lesson” through a scorched-earth campaign.

    Having dramatically increased its military and naval power, China now asserts expansive territorial and maritime claims in the East China Sea and South China Sea, maintains its long-standing claim over the Taiwan Strait, and indulges its ally North Korea’s claim to dominance in the Yellow Sea.

    It has made claims in the Indian Ocean and implemented a “string of pearls” strategy of bases and diplomatic ties along the Bay of Bengal. Its submarine base and concentration of strategic naval forces near its South China Sea province of Hainan enable it to interdict shipping at the three crucial chokepoints in the Indian Ocean — Bab Al Mandeb, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Strait of Malacca.
    The geographic footprint of China’s claims and expanding reach in East Asia, including its strategic aspirations for the first and second island chains extending to Guam, is almost congruent to Imperial Japan’s planned map for its Co-Prosperity Sphere.

    Obviously, no historic analogy is ever entirely apposite, and there are many differences between Imperial Japan in the 1930s and ’40s and China ruled by the Communist Party today. But there are more than enough parallels in strategic ambitions to awaken realistic concerns among western policy makers and those who influence them.

    As China tries its hand at a new version of a Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, the US needs to lead a united international response that discourages further Chinese adventurism.

    Washington began such an approach during the last two years of the George W. Bush administration and has accelerated this Asia “pivot” or “rebalancing” under President Barack Obama. The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, was in the region last week, building collaboration among America’s friends and allies to settle territorial disputes jointly with China, which prefers bilateral talks — a strategy
    that gives it the upper hand.

    At a press conference in China, Clinton aptly described the US-China relationship as one in which “Our two nations are trying to do something that has never been done in history, which is to write a new answer to the question of what happens when an established power and a rising power meet”.

    It’s a question that concerns a great many more countries than these two. Whether the US is led by a President Obama or President Romney, America will have to find the resources and diplomacy to continue its regional collaboration in Asia — ensuring that, this time, the outcome will be something better than war.

    — Christian Science Monitor
    Joseph A. Bosco served in the office of the secretary of defence as China country desk officer and previously taught graduate seminars on China-US relations at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is now a national security consultant. Lt. Gen. Wallace C. Gregson Jr., retired, is senior director of China and the Pacific at the Centre for the National Interest. He served as commander US Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and as assistant secretary of defence for Asia-Pacific security affairs from 2009-2011.
     
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    Compared to Imperial Japan, it was more benign than hegemonic, imperialist and also Communist China.

    The comparison is between chalk and cheese!
     
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    I always felt the same way. But the little Taiwanese are actually more aggressive than the Chicoms.

    ये मुह और मसूड़ की दाल !:lol:
     
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    you do know those pic are from ROC(aka taiwan) no prc
     
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    What is then claimed by Communist China?
     
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    The fact is PRC claims ROC to be part of PRC. So it does not make difference how you see it after all the goal of PRC and ROC is the same. So go and get it first before venturing other parts of the world. By the way if you make any wrong move towards India we will not only teach you a lesson of your life time but free the occupied territory which might include Tibet as well.
     
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    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    What territorial aggression? Sending fishing boats is hardly aggression. If anything, its a display of cowardice.

    The Japs were ruthless in their claims. The chinese are fainthearted and chicken as far as I can see.
     
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    Wrong, PRC doesn't claims ROC. PRC claims Taiwan territory to be part of PRC. In PRC's map, there is no such country as ROC at all. So, the goal of PRC and ROC is not always the same.
    For example, ROC claims Outer Mongolia as a part of China while PRC officially accepted its independence.

    Wow, I am so scared of mighty india.
     
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    i thought u already did that in 1962.....bravo indians i must say.....
     
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    Communist China feels Taiwan is a part of China.

    However, Republic of China claims Mainland China as a part of ROC .

    One is a case of feeling of ownership (PRC feels), and the other is that ROC does not 'feel' and instead rejects the concept that there is a different China under Communists.
     
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    Nathu La, Chola and Sumdorong Chu has taught China that Delhi bhaoot door hai!
     
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    so what is bhaoot door hai???in english?
     
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    lol so if tibet claim india, it also mean china claim it. or better yet, if Puerto Rico claim some land it also mean US is claim it. what a load BS. just because taiwan claim something doesn't mean PRC claim the same. sure they have some similar claims but again it does not mean china has the same claim.

    just look at the map are you saying china is claiming monglolia lol

    oh btw so now you want threaten china lol. you need stop you daydreaming consirpiracy
     
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    China accepts McMahon line with Bhutan but doesn't with India.

    This shows the authenticity of Chinese 'claim'
     
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    mean delhi is very near for u to put chinese flag as indo pak war when pakis came with hundreds of brand new tanks and said they will take brekfast in jaisalmer and dinner in delhi hosting flag on redfort rest is story wat happened every one know so ur dream can also come true we will b their to wellcome u.
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    Means that Delhi is very near for you to put Chinese flag as during Indo Pak war pakis came with hundreds of brand new tanks and said they will take breakfast in Jaisalmer and dinner in Delhi; hosting flag on Red Fort. Rest is history, what happened every one knows so your dream can also come true. We will be there to welcome you.

    Mod : Does everyone realize what happens when you take language for granted and forget to write in a proper manner? Please maintain basic language decorum in your posts.
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    [​IMG]]..................By the image we can clearly say they belong to japan
     

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