News / Asia

Japanese Study Warns of China's Rising Military Assertiveness

A Chinese woman drags a Japanese flag on the ground as she follows a group holding up Chinese flags during a protest march towards the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, Sept. 18, 2012.A Chinese woman drags a Japanese flag on the ground as she follows a group holding up Chinese flags during a protest march towards the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, Sept. 18, 2012.
x
A Chinese woman drags a Japanese flag on the ground as she follows a group holding up Chinese flags during a protest march towards the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, Sept. 18, 2012.
A Chinese woman drags a Japanese flag on the ground as she follows a group holding up Chinese flags during a protest march towards the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, Sept. 18, 2012.
VOA News
A Japanese government-funded study published Friday is warning that China is becoming less afraid of angering its neighbors as it pursues a bolder maritime policy.

The annual report by the National Institute for Defense Studies said China's rising national strength and enhanced military capabilities are helping drive Beijing's rising assertiveness.

China-Japan relations have suffered since September when Tokyo nationalized a group of East China Sea islands that have been the focus of a decades-long dispute.

Beijing responded angrily. It began sending regular government ships to patrol the Japanese-controlled islands, in what observers say is an effort to establish de facto control of the area.

The Japanese report Friday said signs of Chinese aggression were evident before the island purchase. It said China's actions "clearly reveal it was meticulously preparing measures for advancing its claim over the islands from a very early stage."

Ralph Cossa, president of the Hawaii-based Pacific Forum, says the Japanese report is an attempt to "throw the ball back in China's court."

"The Chinese have said the problem was the nationalization of those islands, that this changed the status quo, and that it is all Japan's fault," said Cossa. "So the Japanese are trying to point out that the Chinese were already preparing to do this, they were already flexing their muscles in the South China Sea and they were already doing other things."

Cossa says there is a degree of truth to the argument of both sides. But he says the report will not likely change Japan's foreign policy since it is already well aware of what it is dealing with in China.

He says China may continue to "annoy" and "bully" the Japanese over the island issue, but he does not foresee a wider conflict between the two Asian powers.

"The real question is now that [Chinese President] Xi Jinping has fully come to power, will he want to defuse some of this or will he want to continue to ratchet it up?" asked Cossa. "We've seen some signals in both directions, so I think it's a little too soon to tell."

Observers are also watching Japan's new leader, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is known for his nationalistic views and has taken a firm stance on the island issue since coming to power.

You May Like

Conflicts Engulf Christians in Mideast

Research finds an increase in faith-based hostilities, and Christians are facing persecution in a growing number of countries in the region More

Chinese Americans: Don’t Call Us 'Model Minority'

Label points to collective achievement, but some say it triggers resentment, unrealistic expectations More

Iran Bolsters Phone, Internet Surveillance

Does increased monitoring suggest the government is nervous? More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: angelina from: las vegas
April 01, 2013 4:11 AM
Japan their present and future generations should never forget the atom bomb thrown over Hiroshima by america and still its adverse effects are faced by Japanese.Japan should never trust this nation again or it will remain slave of USA and will never grow till all its resources are captured.


by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
March 31, 2013 12:22 AM
Japan has no match with China on this island issue. Time is on the Chinese side. China is growing fast and Japan is declining. It is just a matter of time that Japan lose it eventually.

In Response

by: SEATO
March 31, 2013 5:16 PM
Chinese double-standards are ethetically unacceptable.When the Mongols and the Manchus conquered China,many Chinese fought back,sacrificing themselves,trying to defend your motherland and safeguarding your national identity,and you considered that as the rightful thing to do.However,after you invaded your neighbouring countries such as Tibet and Mongolia,the local people fought back,and you consider these independence fighters as terrorists and separatists.You didn't want the Chinese people to be known as Manchus,neither do these people want to be parts of China.Fair and square ! Chinese people are used to shamelessly claim everything based on history,belong to China in ancient times,but in reality they know nothing about their own history.Most of China is on stolen lands,which didn't belong to China in the first place.The Potsdam and Cairo declarations asked for the return of areas that were seized by force.The Senkaku islands were in 19th century still uninhabited and unclaimed pieces of rocks sticking out of the sea that had no strategic or economical values, and nobody cared about,which sea-faring Japan claimed and annexed peacefully into her empire.That was the reason why America returned them back to Japan,and China had no objection until a study found out that there might be oil there in 1969.As for China's military growth,you might think that one of these days China would become unchallengeably strong,and it would conquer the world,that remains to be seen.Such irresponsible statements indicate the narrow-minded,war-mongering nature of the Chinese,a contradiction to the peace-loving image that China has constantly tried to fool the world to believe in.Throughout history,we all know that "Righteousness would always prevail over evils !". Going on the warpath would only isolate China even more and would eventually lead to the destruction of China itself.Treachourous people like you,who keep biting back at the hands that feed you,shouldn't have been given shelter in the West in the first place and should be given a one-way ticket back to your Chinatopia to rid us of all future threats


by: James Ong from: Singapore
March 29, 2013 4:05 PM
China's increase military spending is in tandem with its economic rise. And China's claim over Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands is legitimate and supported by history, geography and international law.

Japan is a proven liar. There was indeed a dispute over Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. Former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, afiirmed that at the time of signing the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People's Republic of China in 1978, China and Japan had decided to temporarily lay aside the issue of Diaoyu Islands sovereignty.

Furthermore, it is very clear from Kiyoshi Inoue, a notable Japanese historian, who recorded in his book “History and Sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands,” that Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands belong to China. And according to Meiji era documents unearthed by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, in 1885, Japan acknowledged China as the owner of Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. It seems pretty clear from the documents that Japan effectively stole the islands as spoils of war in 1895. Lastly but not least, both the Potsdam Proclaimation and Cairo Declaration says particularly that the territories of China which were occupied by Japan before WW2 must return to China.

Though the world had gone through two world wars, US and Japan are still eager to provoke China to a war, and possibly to another world war. The US’ 2013 Defense Authorization Act serves only the purposes of US and Japan to subtly declare war on China.

In Response

by: Remie from: Canada
March 31, 2013 9:22 AM
Seato you are totally right. China are well known to make up history and occupy other countried using fake proof which i have yet to see them proof . They go back 1000 and 1000 of years so they can lie easier and alter history. China has always wanted to rule ASia and world. They think of themself as the superior race in which they still havent proven. For all their bad deeds ,Karma in whatever form it may present itself will get them.

In Response

by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
March 31, 2013 12:14 AM
@SEATO, Japan's returning Diaoyu islands to China is ordered by international laws as the Potsdam Proclaimation and Cairo Declaration. Japan must follow these international laws!
But as far as I know, there is not international law asks China to return any territory to her neighbours.
If you cant see the difference then you are a fool.

In Response

by: SEATO
March 30, 2013 4:16 AM
China simply can not claim everything based on history.Historically,Southern China,Inner Mongolia,Tibet and a lot more countries,never belonged to China in the first place.The were invaded and annexed into China by force.China keeps claiming that the Senkaku was seized by force from them and now they want them back.What about the lands that China seized by force? Would they give them back to their rightful owners? China has always adopted a policy of cultural eradication.Every country it invaded,it would do everything possible to destroy all indigenious cultures and force-assimilate the local population to justify their occupation.If the Mongols and the Manchus had adopted the same policies,would there now be an Han culture left? You couldn't just copy some European maps,give them some Chinese names,and claim them all to be indisputable parts of China.That is totally unacceptable.ASEAN countries have to unite together and form an alliance.By keeping quiet and think that China would spare them,is wishful thinking.China's greed has no end.America needs to show their permanent in the region and show that they mean their business,otherwise China would carry on terrorising all their neighbours until they get the whole area under their sole control.

In Response

by: emerson bigguns from: us
March 29, 2013 8:49 PM
You had me in your corner until the last paragraph. Your compilation of historical facts do indeed indicate .China has a legitimate claim to the islands, but I disagree that the US and Japan are eager to draw China into a war. That being said, I must say I enjoyed your post. Well done!


by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
March 29, 2013 11:30 AM
Hard to understand as to why? Japan would be spending money on studies of what is self evident, by reading news reports. The money would be better spent in increasing deterrence postures, by spending the money on preparing its forces. China is rapidly acquiring a massive range of tactical military resources and technical capabilities to fully sustain the grand strategy which aspires to the mantle of a full global power, including a military power.

Such powers, are usually expansionist in nature; given China's population, a very high rate of economic growth is required to sustain it; economic growth goes hand in hand with an expansionist strategy, which does not have to be militaristic, but it does need a military backbone to support itself. For China to remain competitive, massive, low cost, resources will be required. The expectation is that much of those resources are found under the waters of the China Sea and beyond. We have seen this grand strategy from even before the day of the Roman Empire.

In Response

by: Peter from: USA
March 29, 2013 3:38 PM
China has 20 neighbors. currently it has an active problem with Japan, Philippine, and Vietnam. India is on the back burner and no flare up recently. So 3 out 20.

Any government funded study on a nation that itself have active problem with = propaganda.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015i
X
Carol Pearson
August 30, 2014 7:14 PM
A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015

A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Polish Ghetto

When the Nazi army moved into the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.
Video

Video Cost to Raise Child in US Continues to Rise

The cost of raising a child in the United States continues to rise. In its latest annual report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says middle income families with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend more than $240,000 before that child turns 18. And sending that child to college more than doubles that amount. VOA’s Deborah Block visited with a couple with one child in Alexandria, Virginia, to learn if the report reflects their lifestyle.
Video

Video Chaotic Afghan Vote Recount Threatens Nation’s Future

Afghanistan’s troubled presidential election continues to be rocked by turmoil as an audit of the ballots drags on. The U.N. says the recount will not be completed before September 10. Observers say repeated disputes and delays are threatening the orderly transfer of power and could have dangerous consequences. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Ukraine Battles Pro-Russia Rebel Assault

After NATO concluded an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the country is struggling to contain heavy fighting near the strategic port of Mariupol, on the Azov Sea. Separatist rebels are trying to capture the city, allegedly with Russian military help, and Ukraine's defense forces are digging in. VOA's Daniel Schearf spoke with analysts about what lies ahead for Ukraine.
Video

Video Growing Business Offers Paint with a Twist of Wine

Two New Orleans area women started a small business seven years ago with one thing in mind: to help their neighbors relieve the stress of coping with a hurricane's aftermath. Today their business, which pairs painting and a little bit of wine, has become one of the fastest growing franchises across the U.S. VOA’s June Soh met the entrepreneurs at their newest franchise location in the Washington suburbs.
Video

Video Ebola Vaccine Trials To Begin Next Week

The National Institutes of Health says it is launching early stage trials of a vaccine to prevent the Ebola virus, which has infected or killed thousands of people across West Africa. The World Health Organization says Ebola could infect more than 20,000 people across the region by the time the outbreak is over. The epidemic has health experts and governments scrambling to prevent more people from becoming infected. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Asian Bacteria Threatens Florida Orange Trees

Florida's citrus fruit industry is facing a serious threat from a bacteria carried by the Asian insect called psyllid. The widespread infestation again highlights the danger of transferring non-native species to American soil. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Aging Will Reduce Economic Growth Worldwide in Coming Decades

The world is getting older, fast. And as more people retire each year, fewer working-age people will be there to replace them. Bond rating agency Moody’s says that will lead to a decline in household savings; reducing global investments - which in turn, will lead to slower economic growth around the world. But experts say it’s not too late to mitigate the economic impact of the world’s aging populations. Mil Arcega has more.
Video

Video Is West Doing Enough to Tackle Islamic State?

U.S. President Barack Obama has ruled out sending ground troops to Iraq to fight militants of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, despite officials in Washington describing the extremist group as the biggest threat the United States has faced in years. Henry Ridgwell reports from London on the growing uncertainty over whether the West’s response to ISIS will be enough to defeat the terrorist threat.
Video

Video Coalition to Fight Islamic State Could Reward Assad

The United States along with European and Mideast allies are considering a broader assault against Islamic State fighters who have spread from Syria into Iraq and risk further destabilizing an already troubled region. But as VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, confronting those militants could end up helping the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Video

Video Made in America Socks Get Toehold in Online Fashion Market

Three young entrepreneurs are hoping to revolutionize the high-end sock industry by introducing all-American creations of their own. And they’re doing most of it the old-fashioned way. VOA’s Julie Taboh recently caught up with them to learn what goes into making their one-of-a-kind socks.
Video

Video Americans, Ex-Pats Send Relief Supplies to West Africa

Health organizations from around the world are sending supplies and specialists to the West African countries that are dealing with the worst Ebola outbreak in history. On a smaller scale, ordinary Americans and African expatriates living in the United States are doing the same. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.

AppleAndroid