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Japan Fires on Chinese Aircraft over Senkaku Islands

Updated on January 20, 2013
Map of disputed area
Map of disputed area
The actual islands in dispute
The actual islands in dispute
Chinese Y-8
Chinese Y-8
Chinese J-10
Chinese J-10

The Senkaku Islands are a little over 200 miles from the Japanese F-15's at Naha Airbase on Okinawa. Both China and Japan claim these worthless islands as their own. History tends to side with Japan, but one can understand why China claims them. This is even more so since around them are minerals and oil deposits. The islands are closer to Taiwan, another island that China claims as theirs.

China recently began patrolling the whole area aggressively using its Y-8 aircraft. The Y-8 violated Japanese airspace over the islands. Tokyo ordered its F-15's on Naha to intercept and escorted the patrol aircraft away. There is little doubt that the Y-8 reported this incident because in short order, Chinese J-10 fighters were approaching the Japanese F-15's. The potential enemies met above the islands and the Japanese fired tracers as a way to put them on notice.

China's newspapers called this an act of war and Japan should prepare for more of the worse. Hinting that China will send more fighters and their navy next time. In fact, they already have. This puts the US more on the Japanese side because of defense treaties and the US base on Okinawa.The future is cloudy in this part of the world because of the gas and oil discoveries that China claims as theirs. It will only take one mistake by firing a real attack to create a regional war. Given the bad history between China and Japan, this will likely happen sometime. Japan invaded China and occupied part of it in WW2. China has never really forgiven Japan for slaughter of Chinese at Nanking.

It is a war just waiting to happen.

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    • perrya profile image
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      perrya 5 years ago

      Countries are similar to humans for sure.

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      Sanxuary 5 years ago

      Force is the only thing that will stop the bully on the block and restore the ability to negotiate.

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      perrya 5 years ago

      News reports clearly said tracer, minor point, japan fired.

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      Kyle 5 years ago

      If they fired, they did not fire a tracer round. They would have fired a burst from a Vulcan cannon which may have been loaded with some tracer rounds. My point is that they would have fired a combat load at a Chinese aircraft. That is a big deal. There is no special tracer button.

      Max, you're a retard.

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      perrya 5 years ago

      it is a fact the japanese scrambled their jets and fired a tracer. Both countries state the same. But, yes, the islands themselves are rocks but the minerals\gas in their area is enough to squabble over. But, it is really more nationalistic on both sides. Japan feels they have the US backing because of the defense treaties.

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for your lesson in history as if I did not know it. My question was underlining the foolishness of a small country that dares provoke a giant. Who would do that? Without a strong backup? Given that Obama's agenda is to neutralize China in its economic and military development, is it unrealistic that, in fact, the US through a proxy war are the real assailant? Let's say that Japan will be what Israel is for the middle east. Israel says "I am afraid, protect me" and the US for the oil is rushing to secure the endangered lady. Everybody knows that since the discovery of rare earth elements, the region is boiling.

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      Kyle 5 years ago

      "The potential enemies met above the islands and the Japanese fired tracers as a way to put them on notice."

      You're making it sound like there is a special tracer button onboard the aircraft. If the Japanese did in fact fire a burst from the Vulcan cannon of an F-15, which I have seen no reports of, that would be a highly provocative act.

      And max, as usual I have no clue where you are going with your comment. There was a small thing called WW2 and afterwards Japan was restricted from having an offensive military. They have a small defense force and an American guarantee of protection. What are you proposing?

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      perrya 5 years ago

      It is called Bad blood-japanese and chinese have never liked one another, not really.

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      And why would a small country like Japan do so? Couldn't it be because we are supporting them?

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