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    Re: U.S. warns China not to attempt Crimea-style action in Asia

    If this went on in public during a visit that was supposed to demonstrate closer military ties, one can only wonder what is said in private.


    The defence chiefs of China and the United States yesterday clashed over Beijing’s handling of regional territorial disputes, as they discussed ways to improve military ties.

    On the second day of his official visit to China, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Beijing does not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defence zone over a large swathe of the East China Sea, including disputed islands controlled by Japan.

    “That adds to tensions, misunderstandings and could eventually add to, and eventually get to, dangerous conflict,” said Mr Hagel.

    He added that the US will protect Japan in a dispute with China.

    In a forceful response, China’s Defence Minister Chang Wanquan said China will not take the initiative to stir up trouble with Japan, but Beijing is ready to use its military if needed to safeguard its territory.

    “We will make no compromise, no concession, no trading, not even a tiny ... violation is allowed. The Chinese military can assemble as soon as summoned, fight any battle and win.”

    He accused Japan of “confusing the right with the wrong” in asserting control over the disputed islands, which “China has indisputable sovereignty over”.

    He also warned that the US must stay vigilant against Japan’s actions and not be permissive and supportive of Tokyo.

    Mr Chang railed against the government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whom Mr Hagel met in Tokyo last weekend.

    “It is Japan who is being provocative against China,” Mr Chang said at a news conference after talks with Mr Hagel.

    The Chinese minister also chided another US ally, the Philippines, for “disguising itself as a victim” and renewed Beijing’s opposition to Manila’s pursuit of international arbitration in its festering territorial dispute in the South China Sea.

    China claims 90 per cent of the 3.5 million sq km South China Sea, where the Philippines, along with other countries, stake claims.

    Mr Hagel, who met the Philippine Defence Minister last week, said he raised US concerns in Beijing over the tension in the South and East China seas. He cautioned that no countries should resort to “intimidation, coercion or aggression to advance its claims”.

    “The Philippines and Japan are long-time allies of the US. We have mutual self-defence treaties with each of those two countries,” Mr Hagel said. “And we are fully committed to those treaty obligations.”

    The exchange punctuated a visit that US defence officials had sought to present as a long-awaited deepening of military relations between the two countries.
    Here's some more of Chang's remarks

    "The territorial sovereignty issue is China’s core interest. We will make no compromise or concession. No trading, not even an iota of violation is allowed. China has indisputable sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands and their adjacent waters and the South China Sea. China stands ready to resolve disputes with countries directly involved," Chang Wanquan said.

    "All parties should refrain from provocative actions in the use of intimidation, coercion or aggression to advance their claims," Chuck Hagel said.

    Washington has repeatedly said it does not take position on disputes, including the Diaoyu Islands. But Hagel says the Diaoyus fall under the protection of a US-Japan security treaty.

    "We think the review of the self-defense aspect their constitution is right and important, as a great power, Japan has the responsibilities. We support that review and the decision the Japanese people make,” Chuck Hagel said.

    "Complete responsibility for all the problems rests with Japan. We hope the US could stay vigilant against Japan’s actions and not tolerate and abet evils that could bring disaster to all,” Chang Wanquan said.

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    Re: U.S. warns China not to attempt Crimea-style action in Asia

    This is also of interest

    China's defense ministry expressed anger on Wednesday after the U.S. House of Representatives agreed to authorize the sale to Taiwan of four second-hand U.S. warships, saying the United States had ignored Chinese protests.

    China and Taiwan have been ruled separately since defeated Nationalist forces fled to the island at the end of a civil war with the communists in 1949. China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control.

    The U.S. legislation also reaffirmed the Taiwan Relations Act, which obligates the United States to come to Taiwan's aid in the event of an attack, and was enacted in 1979 when Washington severed formal ties with the island in favor of recognizing the People's Republic of China in Beijing.

    China's defense ministry said it was resolutely opposed to all arms sales to Taiwan, saying it was an interference in China's internal affairs.

    "The U.S. side ignored China's strong opposition, and insisted on passing the bill pushing weapons sales to Taiwan," the ministry said in a statement on its website .

    "This act is highly damaging, and doubtless will seriously interfere in and damage the development of Sino-U.S. military ties and the peaceful development of cross-strait relations."

    The Taiwan issue concerns China's territorial integrity and core interests, the ministry added.

    "China demands that the U.S. side fully recognize the high sensitivity and serious harm of this bill, earnestly respect China's core interests and important concerns ... and stop selling weapons to Taiwan."
    China angered by latest U.S. arms sale plan for Taiwan | Reuters
    Last edited by MildSteel; 04-09-14 at 12:15 PM.

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