On Friday, the Global Times, an official mouthpiece for the Chinese government, ran an editorial that stated Japan was the “prime target” for Beijing’s recently established air defense identification zone (ADIZ), and that the nation needed to be ready to engage in “a confrontation with Japan” should it enter the territory. This comes right on the heels of both the U.S. and South Korea each flying their own military aircraft into the ADIZ without notification, as China has required.
But what is most interesting about the Global Times piece is that it says nations other than Japan should pretty much be disregarded when breaching the ADIZ, but “timely countermeasures” should be carried out “without hesitation” when Japanese aircraft enter the zone. “If Tokyo flies its aircraft over the zone, we will be bound to send our planes to its ADIZ,” the newspaper wrote.
Other parts that highlight how China seems to be solely focused on, and deliberately enticing a confrontation with Japan include:
“Maybe an imminent conflict will be waged between China and Japan. As a staunch supporter of Tokyo, Washington is expected to refrain from confronting Beijing directly in the East China Sea, at least for now.”
“If the US does not go too far, we will not target it in safeguarding our air defense zone. What we should do at present is to firmly counter provocative actions from Japan. Australia, having no real conflict with China now, can be ignored at the moment.”
“Seoul understands it is not the target of China’s ADIZ, plus it has tensions with Japan right now, therefore, China has no need to change its actions toward South Korea.”
“We are willing to engage in a protracted confrontation with Japan. Our ultimate goal is to beat its willpower and ambition to instigate strategic confrontation against China.”
Following South Korea’s entry into the ADIZ, China earlier today deployed several fighter jets in what seems to be making an appearance of protecting it’s newly claimed territory. China’s new air defense zone, which it made official last Saturday, overlaps with Japan’s own, and also happens to include the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, which have been at the center of the constant tensions between the Tokyo and Beijing governments for the last year. Most analysts see China’s new ADIZ as an attempt to strengthen its claims over the Japanese-controlled islands.
Ironically, the Global Times chooses to end its piece with the line, “The Chinese nation is heading towards peace and prosperity with peace-loving people.”
[via AFP / hat-tip to FE]