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This post was edited by abramicus at 2012-9-22 22:34|
safaribehn Post time: 2012-9-22 12:38
I know, and that's why I think it's quite astonishing that so many on this forum seems convinced t ...
I think you are right that the US does not want a war either. But when US offiicials keep reminding China that Diaoyutai is covered by its Mutual Defense Treaty with Japan, it sends a different message, which is that whatever, whatever, Japan does, such as "nationalizing" Diaoyutai, the US will back Japan up with its entire military force. And, stupid as this may sound to you, since the Mutual Defense Treaty was crafted after the Korean War to prevent Japan from being invaded, it is now being used to ignite a Japanese War Against China instead. From being a mutual DEFENSE treaty, it is being used as a cover for AGGRESSION by Japan against China.
It should be noted that Diaoyutai was orignally claimed by the Republic of China (Taiwan), before the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949, and still is being claimed by Taiwan, so this is not really a Cold War issue. It is a matter of favoritism issue, of the US being with Japan against both the Democratic Taiwanese Chinese and the Communist Mainland Chinese, i.e., it is a Territorial War issue, no matter how the war is being justified in the Japanese and Western press.
As for Zhonghua1, he is just a China-baiter. He does not really give a sh1t about China. He just wants to make China look as threatening as possible, but also as stupid as possible, listing down hardwares that might scare the Philippines, but would not worry the US in the least bit. He is probably a Filipino or Taiwanese separatist trying to misrepresent China's real strength, intention, and legitimate sovereignty over Diaoyu. China may be able to defend itself on the mainland, but it can barely project its power to Diaoyu, which is less than 200 miles from its shores. To construe such "power" as that of a world class navy is a hyperbole all too easy to shoot down, as the Japanese coast guard has been able to demonstrate all this time. If China has even one half the power of the US, it could have just landed its marines on Diaoyu and sent the Japanese coast guards packing overnight. And, no US official would have insisted that Diaoyutai is covered under the Mutual Defense Treaty with Japan. On the contrary, the same fellows would have reminded Japan that the Mutual Defense Treaty does not cover Japan's territorial disputes with other sovereign countries, as its Article 1 explicitly stated.