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    Re: China warplanes tail U.S. and Japan fighter jets; How Far Will China Go?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    The Chinese can't sell us anything by shooting down a military plane. No, they're just posturing and making themselves feel important. In the meantime, why are we flying military planes in their airspace? Same reason, maybe?
    Emphasis added by me.

    Because it isn't their airspace.

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    Re: China warplanes tail U.S. and Japan fighter jets; How Far Will China Go?

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    That's part of my concern as well.

    Can they live with the embarrassment of will they fight their way out of it?

    Hopefully their not that ideologically entrenched.
    and why did China decide to provoke a response fighting over the space over a group of unibhabited islands?
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    Re: China warplanes tail U.S. and Japan fighter jets; How Far Will China Go?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster Buddha View Post
    An interesting side note: it just so happened that the Chinese have chosen to go ahead with sea trials of their first carrier, the Liaoning, that will be sailing through the East China Sea and into the South China Sea where they also have disputes with the Philippines over some islands. The George Washington is also in the area, assisting with humanitarian efforts with the recent Philippine earthquake. I wonder if the US will attempt to show the flag in the area, and if the Chinese would (i believe inevitably) flex it's muscles with it's own aircraft carrier. Food for thought.
    The worst case scenario:

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    Re: China warplanes tail U.S. and Japan fighter jets; How Far Will China Go?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    The Chinese can't sell us anything by shooting down a military plane. No, they're just posturing and making themselves feel important. In the meantime, why are we flying military planes in their airspace? Same reason, maybe?
    *Remembers that hearing that exact reason for why World War I couldn't happened*

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    Re: China warplanes tail U.S. and Japan fighter jets; How Far Will China Go?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    In the meantime, why are we flying military planes in their airspace? Same reason, maybe?
    'Coz it's not their airspace. It's a route we've used for decades.
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    Re: China warplanes tail U.S. and Japan fighter jets; How Far Will China Go?

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    Emphasis added by me.

    Because it isn't their airspace.
    So, is the OP wrong in saying "in its new maritime air defense zone", or is there a dispute over just where their air defense zone is?

    It's quite a way from the USA.....
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    Re: China warplanes tail U.S. and Japan fighter jets; How Far Will China Go?

    Do you remember Abe Lincoln? Was he cool?
    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster Buddha View Post
    *Remembers that hearing that exact reason for why World War I couldn't happened*
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    Re: China warplanes tail U.S. and Japan fighter jets; How Far Will China Go?

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    The worst case scenario:
    That was my exact thought... I really like that movie.

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    Re: China warplanes tail U.S. and Japan fighter jets; How Far Will China Go?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    and why did China decide to provoke a response fighting over the space over a group of unibhabited islands?
    You'd have ask them, but I feel it's because of the potential for oil. The same reason that China has laid claim to islands that have been claimed for decades by the Philippines, Indonesia, and many others in the South Pacific.

    It's a power grab for resources. The same thing that started the Sino-Japanese War in 1937 that lead to WWII.

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    Re: China warplanes tail U.S. and Japan fighter jets; How Far Will China Go?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    So, is the OP wrong in saying "in its new maritime air defense zone", or is there a dispute over just where their air defense zone is?

    It's quite a way from the USA.....
    Contary to what a lot of posters are syaing on here this dispute goes back decades. With the recent wave of anti-Japenese sentiment in China and the call for a boycott of Japenese companies I think its foolish to put this down to "China flexing".
    ‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).

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