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China Retaliates Against Japan with Live Fire Naval Exercises


To mark the anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War II, and in retaliation for visits by several Japanese ministers to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo yesterday, China’s navy carried out live-fire naval exercises in the East China Sea today. Separately, China’s aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, embarked on a ten-day training voyage in the Bohai Sea off the coast of northeast China.

Chinese media joined the offensive as well: “With 68 years now passed, the spectre of militarism still haunts Japan, threatening China and world stability,” reads an article from Xinhua. “China has to count on its own development to rebuff any possible resurgence in Japanese militarism.”

Though routine, the exercises are another sign of the souring relations between East Asia’s most powerful countries—Japan, China, and South Korea. Each has a territorial dispute with the other and is caught in a cycle of military one-upmanship that shows no sign of ending.

[Chinese warship image courtesy of Shutterstock]

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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Let’s face facts, it’s Chinese beligerence and territorial ambition that is driving any resurgence in Japanese militarism (as in all of asia). Japan’s economy has been suffering from deflation for over 20 years and the Japanese would prefer not to have to pay for an expensive new military force powerful enough to face down the militant Chinese.

  • James Jones

    I agree with your point that it is Chinese policies and actions that are primarily driving the rearmament of E. Asia. I say primarily because we also need to remember that N. Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and long range missiles is also pushing Japan (and S. Korea) to rearm.
    One thing odd about the article is the focus on the “live fire exercises” as an example of China’s aggressive intent. Any military force that is worth having engages in live fire exercises on a regular basis to maintain combat proficiency. Simulations are no substitute for actually engaging (and hitting) physical targets under real world conditions.

  • foobarista

    That ship looks like a mothballed ship. If it isn’t, it definitely needs a few months in drydock.

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