A U.S. Navy intelligence analyst believes that China is preparing for a “short, sharp war” with Japan as the People’s Liberation Army were seen conducting training drills that seem to simulate the taking over of the disputed Senkakus. While the uninhabited group of islands are under Japan’s administration, China, which calls them the Diaoyus, claims it is part of their inherent territory.
Deputy Chief of Staff Intelligence and Information Operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLEET) Capt. James Fannell, speaking at a West 2014 conference in San Diego said, said that they were able to see the “massive amphibious and cross-military region enterprise” of China. He added, “they concluded that the PLA has been given the new task to be able to conduct a short, sharp war to destroy Japanese forces in the East China Sea following with what can only be expected a seizure of the Senkakus or even a southern Ryukyu [islands] – as some of their academic say.”
China has been beefing up its military activity in the East China Sea for the past year, spending $1.6 million on outpost infrastructure developments such as airfields, ports, purification of water and even surveillance systems. They have also conducted several military exercises to flex their muscles toward its Asian neighbors. Fannell mentioned that even the Chinese coast guard has been engaged in “quasi-military actions.” But retired U.S. Army Lt. Col Ralph Peters noted that at this point in time, China has a lot to lose “by attacking or otherwise provoking a confrontation with Japan.” Such comments prove to be the exact opposite of U.S. efforts to deepen military-to-military relations with China. Read Admiral James Foggo also reported that some U.S. Navy officials have met successfully with PLA’s higher-ups recently but the details of the meetings have not been disclosed.
[via IB Times]