US Navy Official Says China Is Preparing for War With Japan

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Well. This isn’t good. Needless to say, the Pentagon isn’t happy about the Captain’s public remarks, but that doesn’t make them any less likely to be true. China and Japan have been squabbling over the islands for over a hundred years now.

Via NPR:

China is stepping up war games in preparation for a possible conflict with Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, a tiny island chain in the East China Sea claimed by both Beijing and Tokyo, a senior U.S. Navy official says.

Captain James Fanell, deputy chief of staff intelligence and information operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, made the remark in San Diego last week.

Fanell said that after witnessing China’s Mission Action 2013, a “massive amphibious and cross military” exercise that included ground and naval forces of the People’s Liberation Army, U.S. analysts had 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 [as] a seizure of the Senkakus or even southern Ryukyu [islands].”

Read the rest of the story at NPR.

 

16 Comments on "US Navy Official Says China Is Preparing for War With Japan"

  1. We’ve got treaty obligations to Japan.

    This’ll be a great opportunity for us to enter into a hot war with China and the perfect excuse to write off all that debt we owe them.

    If we play it right, we can get Russia and India in on it.

    Or so, I’m sure, someone somewhere at a Zbigniew Brzezinski linked foundation is thinking…

    • Hadrian999 | Feb 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm |

      a hot war with china would be the biggest possible mess

    • Ffejtball | Feb 24, 2014 at 2:15 am |

      You know who owns the vast majority of our country’s debt? Us. So while it wouldn’t hurt to just write off what we owe to China, it wouldn’t do that much either.

  2. BuzzCoastin | Feb 23, 2014 at 12:32 am |

    consider the sources of this info
    npr=cia & Captain James Fanell, deputy chief of staff intelligence and information operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet

    any word from japan or china?
    what’s the backstory?
    why would China bet the farm on two little islands in the middle of nowhere?
    why would uncle homeland want to phish this?
    what domestic dog does this tale wag?

  3. This would be their prime to attack.

    But historically China always shits the bed.

  4. The United States of America.

    I should have been more specific, but I sorta figured everybody knew I was a U.S. Citizen by my sense of entitlement and insistence that everybody else learn to speak English.

  5. BuzzCoastin | Feb 23, 2014 at 11:50 am |

    I think China would love to dump
    some of it’s 2 trillion in Tbills
    but being uncle homeland’s biggest lender
    it can’t find another buyer

  6. Hadrian999 | Feb 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm |

    sounds like the old cold war funding game.

  7. Yeah, and . . . The fucking empire has been preparing for war with the entire planet since WWII.

  8. Matheus Grunt | Feb 24, 2014 at 6:59 am |

    We have no business interfering with this at all. Treaty or not, treaties can’t override the Constitution, especially on war issues, which Congress can only authorize in extreme situations where we’re threatened on our soil including AL/HA. Japan, leave them alone, they can handle themselves.

  9. BuzzCoastin | Feb 27, 2014 at 1:05 pm |

    China’s holding worthless Tbills
    is their payment to the homeland gov
    for all the us jobs given to China

    the BRICS
    (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa)
    have started bypassing the $
    and are using their own currencies
    to settle trade deals

  10. Aipeed Teaitchse | Mar 14, 2014 at 1:03 pm |

    you don’t have to ask when you already know. nevertheless any good military plays strategic theoretical wargames to recognize what sites are most vulnerable in any given place and what the most effective attack would be as well as know what kind of contingency plans to have in place for any given scenario.

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