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The security situation for Taiwan is increasing as the PRC maintains that Taiwan is a part of China. Up until recently, PRC military has had nothing to offer its claim. But now some new things have developed.


I'm going to include the Senkaku islands here because the control of those islands and its surrounding space, both sea and air, will have major implications to the security of Taiwan from a geographical point of view. Likewise, the control of Taiwan has huge implications to the Japanese islands near it.



It has become fairly common for PLAAF aircraft to circle around Taiwan. Just today, such a flight occurred that included 4 H-6 bombers, a TU-154, a Y-8, and supposedly 2 fighter aircraft according to the following Japanese Joint Staff report.


A picture of one of the four H-6 bombers. A picture of the TU-154 and the Y-8 are also in the report.




A couple of images came up today of Taiwanese fighter aircraft flying near a Chinese H-6 and TU-154. The H-6 appears to have the same number as the one in the above picture, so quite likely the same H-6 was observed by both Taiwanese and Japanese fighters that were scrambled.






Furthermore Chinese media is reporting that SU-35s escorted the H-6 bombers for the first time, through the Bashi channel. Because it is said that they went through the Bashi Channel, these SU-35s are likely not the supposed fighters in the Japanese report since the Bashi Channel is the waterway that runs between Taiwan and the Philippines.



China's Su-35 fighter jets flew for the first time over Bashi Channel with H-6K bombers during an island patrol, a breakthrough that showed an improvement in the Chinese air force's combat ability, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force announced Friday.

Several H-6K bombers and surveillance aircraft from the south and east theatre commands flew in opposite directions around Taiwan on Friday. The island patrol also saw Su-35 and J-11 fighter jets flying over Bashi Channel, said Shen Jinke, PLA Air Force spokesperson.

Shen said it was the first time that Su-35 fighter jets and H-6K bombers flew over the Bashi Channel, and included new fighter jet participation in combat training and tested their combat capabilities, the PLA Air Force announced on its Weibo account.

"The island patrol revealed that China's Su-35 fighter jets are combat-ready. With a stronger command and strike capability, the Su-35's participation provides a stronger deterrence to 'Taiwan independence' forces," Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times.

More new fighters will appear in island patrols, and the PLA Air Force will conduct more island patrols involving multiple fighters, Shen said.

The PLA Air Force has the resolve, faith, and capability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity, Shen said.

Song said that another highlight of the latest island patrol is the joint operations of two theatre commands in military drills targeting Taiwan.

The air force has conducted a number of island patrols since April 18 to enhance its ability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

A PLA Air Force formation conducted island patrols on April 26, and the formation, made up of fighters, early warning and surveillance aircraft, and H-6K bombers flew over the Bashi Channel, Xinhua News Agency reported.





Seems like images of the SU-35s doing the escort with the H-6 bombers taken off of some PRC TV program.





Many of the flights through the Miyako strait like the one above involve PLAAF aircraft circling around Taiwan. The number of times PLAAF fly through the Miyako straight have seen a fairly sharp increase in the past few years, 36 times in FY 2017. And obviously, the flights encircle the area that includes the Senkaku islands and other Japanese islands as well.

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"A number of Tu-154Ms have been converted into ELINT aircraft as Tu-154M/D (Type I/II). Their mission is to search, detect, locate and analyze radio signals of its neighboring countries and regions, even through they were initially disguised under the cover of the civilian China United Airline registration. While Type I was believed to carry a BM/KZ800 ELINT system, Type II features a canoe shaped fairing under the fuselage which was speculated to house a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to provide high-resolution ground mapping images, a capability similar to American E-8 J-STARS. Besides the SAR radar, the aircraft still retains some of the EW and ELINT equipment, as indicated by the semi-spherical fairings and other small antennas under the rear fuselage. At least 4 Tu-154M/Ds (B-4015, B-4024, B-4029 & B-4138) were converted. Type I first entered the service with PLAAF in 1995. Type II passed the flight test in 1996. Subsequently all Type Is were converted to Type IIs. The aircraft has been conducting several ELINT missions in East China Sea near Japan since 2013. Recent images indicated that additional Tu-154Ms have been converted (B-4016, B-4017, B-4027, B-4050, B-4028)."

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The Taiwanese/Nationalist Chinese/Whateverese they call themselves at any given moment depending on what they want have not renounced their claims on Senkaku. Until they do so, their usefulness in strengthening Japanese control of the disputed islands is limited at best. At worst, their fishing boats and groups of Nationalist Chinese flag-waving zealots will continue to present challenges to Japan.

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That is a good link to post, thank you for that. Sometimes English copies get posted up fairly quickly, but sometimes there is quite a lag, and in the end some things never get translated into English. The graph shows up to 2015. For 2016 (a long with blah blah blah) here and for 2017, here. Although the record showing the increase of occurrences from 2009 through to 2012 is an important point. I would add that the taps on the side about the US-Japan alliance are instructive, or at least, indicative, as well in many ways.

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The most interesting thing I see in that pic is that the H-6K is armed. Not with a full spread, but it is carrying a pair of cruise missiles.


That's rather contrary to even the Russian practice when Bear bombers approach the US coast, and is a much more threatening posture to adopt.

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Any ROCAF/Nationalist Chinese/Taiwanese/Whateverese fighter aircraft scrambling in response to Beijing aircraft patrols over Senkaku do nothing to strengthen Japanese control and ownership of the islands, and violate Japanese airspace claims governed by that clear ownership and control.


A ROCAF and a PLAAF aircraft flying together over Senkaku would both be in clear violation of Japanese airspace.

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US bill urges US troop participation in Taiwan military training.



The details of a piece of US Senate legislation released on Wednesday revealed calls for US troops to participate in Taiwan’s military exercises and vice versa, a part of efforts by US lawmakers to support Taiwan amid what they see as a rising military threat from China.

The US Senate Committee on Armed Services on May 24 passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal 2019, which includes several provisions aimed at strengthening Taiwan’s military capabilities.

Section 1243 of the act reiterates Washington’s decades-long stance that the Taiwan Relations Act and the “six assurances” are cornerstones of US-Taiwan relations.

In line with these cornerstones, the US should “strengthen defense and security cooperation with Taiwan to support the development of capable, ready and modern defense forces necessary for Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability,” the bill reads.

The US secretary of defense should also promote US Department of Defense policies concerning exchanges that enhance the security of Taiwan, “including US participation in appropriate Taiwan exercises, such as the annual Han Kuang exercise” and vice versa, it says.

The Han Kuang military exercises are Taiwan’s largest annual military drills. They are held in two stages: computer-aided war games and live-fire drills staged nationwide.

This year’s computer-aided war games were held from April 30 to May 4. The live-fire exercises began on Monday and end today.

This year they featured Coast Guard Administration personnel and civilian drone operators for the first time, making use of all levers of national power in military planning, the Ministry of National Defense has said.

The Senate bill calls on both nations to expand cooperation in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and urges the secretary of defense to consider supporting a visit by a US hospital ship to Taiwan as part of the US Navy’s annual Pacific Partnership deployment to improve disaster response planning and readiness.

The bill must still be passed by the full Senate and signed by the president before it becomes law.

The US House of Representatives on May 24 passed its version of the fiscal 2019 NDAA.

The US Congress has over the years passed a number of pro-Taiwan laws to show support for the nation, including the Taiwan Travel Act in late February, which encourages meetings and visits by high-ranking US and Taiwanese government officials.

Asked for comment, Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明) yesterday expressed the government’s gratitude to the Senate for its support of Taiwan’s national security.

“Taiwan’s national security and self-defense capabilities will continue to be a focus for the government,” Lin said.

Ministry spokesman Major General Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉) also offered thanks to the Senate.

“Taiwan will gladly be a part of endeavors to promote regional security and stability,” Chen said.

Chen quoted Confucius’ saying that “virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors,” saying that the ministry believes that Taiwan would be able to work with other democratic nations.





Chinese article not liking these kinds of developments of the US slowly moving towards greater treatment of Taiwan as an official state. It is interesting that this is going on at the same time as the whole DPRK related thing.

































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Military actions, including those involving aircraft carriers, are always an option if the island of Taiwan continues to "play with fire," an expert warned Tuesday after the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy conducted real combat exercises around the island involving "Chinese Aegis" class destroyers.


A fleet consisting of destroyer Jinan and frigate Huanggang under the PLA Eastern Theater Command has been conducting a high-sea real combat exercise since June 17, the official website of the PLA Navy, navy.81.cn, reported on Monday.


The fleet has sailed through straits and waterways including the Bashi Channel and the Taiwan Straits, according to the report.


The exercise has successfully examined tactics and training procedures by teaming up with other naval warships, aviation forces and coastal defense forces in multiple sea areas, it said.


The PLA Navy and Air Force are increasing the frequency of military exercises around Taiwan, Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Tuesday.


The fleet had entered Taiwan's "air defense identification zone" and stayed for more than a week. This is the PLA Navy's second island encirclement exercise around the island within a month, Taiwan-based media United Daily News reported last week.


"It is normal and legitimate for the Chinese mainland to send strong signals like this to the administration of the island," said Song.


PLA must be able to deal with not only Taiwan's military, but also potential intervention from the military alliance of the US and Japan, Song stressed.


This is also the first time a Type 052C destroyer, namely Jinan, has conducted a training mission like this. Type 052C is called the "Chinese Aegis" because of its phased array radar and air defense missiles, which pose huge threats to Taiwan, noted United Daily News.


However, Type 052C is no more than an air defense missile destroyer. Taiwan should expect more military equipment including China's 10,000-ton class missile destroyer Type 055 and aircraft carriers to take part in similar exercises in the future, said Song.


Solving the Taiwan question with force is always a choice on the table, and Taiwan should not play with fire, warned Song.

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Foreign minister calls for security dialogue with Japan

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Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮)/CNA file photo

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮)/CNA file photo

Tokyo, June 27 (CNA) Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) has called for Japan to engage in security dialogue with Taiwan, as both countries have come under military pressure and threat from China.


In an interview with Japan's Sankei Shimbun published Wednesday, Wu called for Taiwan-Japan security dialogue, saying that ensuring security is a shared responsibility between Taiwan and Japan.


The newspaper described Wu's call as a rare move, as Taiwan has no diplomatic relations with Japan.


Wu said Taiwan looks forward to exchanges of views with Japan on ensuring security in light of increased activity by China's armed forces in the Western Pacific in recent years and the threat this poses to both countries.


Citing the close U.S.-Taiwan security cooperation as an example, Wu said the lack of diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Japan should not be a hindrance to security dialogue.


Wu also emphasized that visits to Taiwan by high-ranking officials from the U.S. administration have increased in frequency, while the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump approved in June 2017 the sale of US$1.42 billion-worth of arms sales to Taiwan.


The Sankei Shimbun report said that after the United States cut official diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979, then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) into law later that year, laying the legal foundation for security talks between the two countries.


In addition, there have been U.S. military attaches assigned to the American Institute in Taiwan's (AIT) Taipei office since 2005, according to the newspaper.


In contrast, after Japan ended official diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1972, there has been a lack of legal foundation for exchanges between the two countries, the newspaper noted, adding that with the Taiwan-Japan unofficial relations, there has been only one retired Japanese defense official assigned to the Taipei office of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Japan's de facto embassy in Taiwan, it said.

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In the 1st quarter of FY 2018 (April-June), Japan scrambled 271 times, 173 of which being in response to Chinese aircraft. Of the 173, 15 times were abnormal flight paths.


Light blue English is mine.




Red is Chinese, Orange is Russian.



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South Korean vessels and aircraft visiting illegally occupied Takeshima on a constant basis call for a proportional Japanese security response as well. Arrows for such Korean incursions into Japanese waters and airspace alone would blacken the page around Takeshima entirely.

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For the new year, on January 2nd, Xi stated in an address to Taiwan that unification is inevitable even if use of force is necessary.




BEIJING, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping on Wednesday said China must be and will be reunified, as he addressed a gathering in Beijing to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Chinese mainland's Message to Compatriots in Taiwan.

"It is a historical conclusion drawn over the 70 years of the development of cross-Strait relations, and a must for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in the new era," said Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Speaking at the Great Hall of the People, Xi called for joint efforts across the Taiwan Strait to advance peaceful national reunification.

The long-standing political differences can not be dragged on generation after generation, Xi said.

The Taiwan question originated from national weakness and disorder and has lasted for 70 years.

Xi said since 1949 the CPC, the Chinese government and the Chinese people have always unwaveringly taken resolving the Taiwan question to realize China's complete reunification as a historic task.

He expressed confidence that the Taiwan question will definitely end with national rejuvenation.


On Jan. 1, 1979, the National People's Congress Standing Committee issued the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan. It was considered a declaration of the mainland's policy for peaceful reunification.

Halt to military confrontations was proposed. Visits, cross-Strait transportation, postal services and economic and cultural exchanges were promoted. A page on cross-Strait relations has been turned.

On Wednesday, Xi raised a five-point proposal for peaceful reunification.

He said the principles of "peaceful reunification" and "one country, two systems" are the best approach to realizing national reunification.

He proposed that the mainland and Taiwan conduct democratic consultation on cross-Strait relations and the future of the nation, and establish institutional arrangement for peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

He said on the basis of ensuring China's sovereignty, security and interests of development, the social system and way of life in Taiwan will be fully respected, and the private property, religious beliefs and legitimate rights and interests of Taiwan compatriots will be fully protected after peaceful reunification is realized.

The president pledged "utmost sincerity and greatest efforts" for the prospect of peaceful reunification and said Taiwan will be guaranteed lasting peace after reunification.

"We are all of the same family," Xi said.

While stressing that the "Chinese don't fight Chinese," Xi said, "We make no promise to renounce the use of force and reserve the option of taking all necessary means."

This targets only the interference of external forces and the very small number of "Taiwan independence" separatists and their activities, he added.


"'Taiwan independence' goes against the trend of history and will lead to a dead end," Xi said.

The president said achieving the country's greatness, national rejuvenation and cross-Strait reunification is the trend of history, which can never be blocked by anyone or any force.

The peaceful and stable development of cross-Strait situations and the progress of cross-Strait relations are the tide of the time that can never be stopped by anyone or any force, he said.

Liu Jieyi, head of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, noted the strengthened political, economic, cultural, personnel exchanges over the decades.

Between 1988 and 2018, 134 million cross-Strait visits were logged; two-way trade reached 2.6 trillion U.S. dollars; and the mainland has been Taiwan's largest market and top investment destination outside the island, Liu said.

In his speech, Xi said the future of Taiwan lies in national reunification.

"We sincerely hope all the compatriots in Taiwan treasure peace as much as they treasure their own eyes, and pursue national reunification as much as they pursue happiness."


Xi said the Taiwan question is China's internal affair and allows no external interference.

The Chinese people's affairs should be decided by the Chinese people, Xi said, stressing that the Taiwan question concerns China's core interests and the national bond of the Chinese people.

China's reunification does not harm any country's legitimate interests, including their economic interests in Taiwan, Xi said, adding that it will only bring more development opportunities to other countries.

Over the 70 years, more and more countries and peoples have understood and supported China's cause of reunification, the president noted.

Wednesday's gathering was attended by Li Zhanshu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee.


Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, presided over the event.

Wang said Xi's speech demonstrated the historical trend of cross-Strait relations and called for joint efforts to forge ahead for the peaceful national reunification.

Chen Ching-lung, a 54-year-old hotel operator in Xiamen, Fujian Province, followed Xi's speech, which was broadcast live by China Media Group and on Xinhua News Agency's website (xinhuanet.com).

A veteran who was once stationed in Kinmen, Chen joined the influx of Taiwan compatriots who found bristle business chances on the mainland.

"The direction of peaceful development is totally correct," he said. "What the two sides should do is to mitigate differences and enhance their communications."

Hsueh Ching-te, another Taiwan compatriot who runs a business in Fujian, said he looks forward to complete reunification so that "all Chinese people will live in peace, prosperity and with dignity."



Tsai countered by rejecting the address and the one country two system idea.




President Tsai Ing-wen, on the afternoon of January 2 in the Presidential Office auditorium, explained the Taiwan government's position on a speech delivered by China's President Xi Jinping (習近平) commemorating the 40th anniversary of the so-called "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan."

A translation of the president's full remarks is as follows:

My fellow citizens and friends from the media, good afternoon.

This morning, China's President Xi Jinping delivered a speech commemorating the 40th anniversary of the so-called "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan," proposing further exploration of a "one country, two systems" scenario for Taiwan. As president of the Republic of China, I want to explain our position.

First, I must emphasize that we have never accepted the "1992 Consensus." The fundamental reason is because the Beijing authorities' definition of the "1992 Consensus" is "one China" and "one country, two systems." The speech delivered by China's leader today has confirmed our misgivings. Here, I want to reiterate that Taiwan absolutely will not accept "one country, two systems." The vast majority of Taiwanese also resolutely oppose "one country, two systems," and this opposition is also a "Taiwan consensus."

Next, we are willing to engage in negotiations. But as Taiwan is a democratic country, all political consultations and negotiations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait must be authorized and monitored by the people of Taiwan, and conducted on a government-to-government basis by both sides. Under this principle, no individual or group has the right to represent the people of Taiwan to conduct political consultations or negotiations.

The development of cross-strait relations, as I said very clearly in my new year's talk yesterday, requires that: China must face the reality of the existence of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and not deny the democratic system that the people of Taiwan have established together; second, must respect the commitment of the 23 million people of Taiwan to freedom and democracy, and not foster divisions and offer inducements to interfere with the choices made by the people of Taiwan; third, must handle cross-strait differences peacefully, on the basis of equality, instead of using suppression and intimidation to get Taiwanese to submit; fourth, it must be governments or government-authorized agencies that engage in negotiations. Any political consultations that are not authorized and monitored by the people cannot be called "democratic consultations." This is Taiwan's position, a democratic position.

We are willing, on the basis of "consolidating democracy" and "strengthening national security," to conduct orderly, healthy cross-strait exchanges. I also want to reiterate that domestically, we need to set up a three-part security network for cross-strait exchanges comprised of security for people's livelihoods, information security, and an institutionalized democracy monitoring mechanism.

Cross-strait trade and economic relations should be mutually beneficial, and promote mutual prosperity and development. However, we oppose Beijing making "benefitting China" its core focus, using United Front economic means including financial inducements to attract Taiwan technology, capital, and talent to move to mainland China. We will vigorously promote strategies and measures that strengthen Taiwan to consolidate a Taiwan-centric, Taiwan-first path to economic development.

Over the past two years, Taiwan has faithfully fulfilled its duty as a member of the regional community, actively contributing to cross-strait and regional peace and stability. We do not provoke, but uphold our principles. We have suffered many forms of suppression, but have never abandoned our fundamental position and commitments regarding cross-strait relations. I want to remind the Beijing authorities that a superpower must act with the demeanor and take the responsibility of a superpower, and international society is watching China to see if it can make changes and become a trustworthy partner. The "four musts" are the most basic and crucial foundations that will determine whether cross-strait relations develop in a positive direction.

A so-called "spiritual union" should be built on mutual respect and understanding, with governments on both sides of the strait handling issues regarding the people's welfare pragmatically, such as the urgent swine fever epidemic we are now facing. Pressuring international corporations to change their designation for Taiwan won't bring about a spiritual union, nor will buying off Taiwan's diplomatic allies or circling Taiwan with military aircraft and naval vessels.

Lastly, I want to reiterate that the results of the 9-in-1 elections absolutely do not mean that grassroots public opinion in Taiwan favors abandoning our sovereignty, nor do they mean that the people want to make concessions regarding Taiwanese identity.

Democratic values are the values and way of life that Taiwanese cherish, and we call upon China to bravely move towards democracy. This is the only way they can truly understand Taiwanese people's ideas and commitments. Thank you.



Tsai calls for international help from China's threat.




TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) called on the international community to support its democracy in the face of threats from China, the Reuters news agency reported Saturday.

She made the remarks during an interview with foreign media Saturday, just days after Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) reiterated his determination that Taiwan and China should be united, if necessary with the use of force.

Tsai said Saturday she hoped the world community took those threats seriously and would voice support for Taiwan and help the island, Reuters reported. If democracies failed to assist Taiwan, then which country would be next, she reportedly asked.

Following Xi’s January 2 speech, Tsai said the “Taiwan Consensus” was that China’s “One Country, Two Systems” formula, which Beijing launched to help win back Hong Kong in 1997, was unacceptable in Taiwan.

China should have a correct understanding of how Taiwanese thought and should know that bullying the island would never help improve relations, Reuters quoted Tsai as saying Saturday.



A handful of US politicians criticized Xi's address towards Taiwan.




Several US congressmen on Friday said that Beijing should be reprimanded for threatening Taipei with military power following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) reiteration this week of his goal of unification and willingness to use force to annex Taiwan.

“China threatening Taiwan with military force is reprehensible, counterproductive and just bad diplomacy,” US Senator John Kennedy tweeted.

China’s provocative approach toward Taiwan risks the stability of the region and displays its disrespect of democracies, Kennedy said.

US Representative Mario Diaz-Balart on Twitter called China’s attempts to threaten a democratic US ally “shameful,” saying that communist dictatorships often rely on coercion, threats and violence to maintain power.

“The Chinese people in the PRC [People’s Republic of China] have suffered under crushing oppression for far too long, and the threats against the free people of #Taiwan must end,” said Diaz-Balart, who serves as cochair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus.

US Representative Steve King said on Facebook that China’s saber-rattling and threats against Taiwan, a democratic ally and an important trading partner, should be condemned by freedom-loving people around the globe.

Taiwan and China are sovereign nations with a right to self-determination, US Representative Paul Gosar said, adding that force should not be an option.

The congressmen were commenting on Xi’s speech in Beijing on Wednesday marking the 40th anniversary of a policy statement that paved the way for cross-strait interactions.

The Chinese leader said that while peaceful unification is his government’s goal, it “makes no promise to abandon the use of force” against the intervention of foreign forces and pro-independence “separatists.”

Xi also said he planned to explore a Taiwan version of the “one country, two systems” model, which President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in a speech responding to Xi’s remarks later that day said would not be accepted by Taiwanese.

Calling for US support for Taiwan, US Representative Don Bacon on Wednesday tweeted that Taiwan has embraced democracy and human rights for all its citizens.

“America needs to stand by our longstanding commitment to Taiwan and ensure they’re not isolated while China still embraces Communism, and denies freedom of religion, speech, and the press,” Bacon said.

US Representative Vicente Gonzalez also urged the US to stand with Taiwan, which he called a key democratic ally and friend.

Gonzalez and US Representative Andy Biggs expressed the hope that both sides of the Taiwan Strait could return to having peaceful and constructive dialogue and relations.

US Representative Glenn Grothman said China should respect the commitment of the 23 million Taiwanese to freedom and democracy, while US Representative Ted Yoho pledged the US Congress’ “unwavering support” for Taiwan.

“Xi Jinping’s threatening rhetoric on #Taiwan is an escalation of Communist Party campaign to marginalize Taiwan’s democracy,” Yoho said, adding that Taiwan’s legitimacy is a self-evident fact.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday thanked the nine US senators and representatives for their staunch, bipartisan support of the nation.



At an international press conference, Tsai called for strengthening of domestic defense capacity and defense partners with not only the US that sells it weapons but other countries such as Japan.




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Sankei article stating that hopes for security cooperation between Taiwan and Japan rises which is indicated from that January 5th press conference which was the first international press conference with Tsai since May 2016 when she was inaugurated.










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A couple of points made in other threads that should be in this thread.


In April 2018, the PLAN made a carrier group with carrier Liaoning and for the first time sailed beyond the 1st island chain, circling around Taiwan and passing through the Okinawa island chain.



A post about Senkaku territorial water trespassing by Chinese Coast Guard ships which have increased in frequency drastically since 2012.



While the frequency of Chinese Coast Guard sailing has decreased towards the end of 2018, they made their first territorial trespassing for the new year on January 5th with a group of 4 Chinese Coast Guard ships.






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Ideally, the issue of Japanese sovereignty over the Northern Territories will eventually be resolved in the same manner as the issue of Japanese sovereignty over Senkaku was in 2012, when Tokyo purchased 3 of the Senkaku islands from a private buyer willing to sell to Japan and Japanese. Washington then clarified after this purchase of the territories in question that it would use military force to defend Japanese control of them.


This act alone elevates Obama in the eyes of many, especially because Obama and Washington did so without requesting anything from Japan and Japanese in return.


The question of Japanese citizenship for current residents of the occupied Japanese Northern Territories is a reasonable one, as many of them have Japanese bloodlines.

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Japanese foreign diplomacy kabuki is wonderful and entirely for domestic consumption.

Now it is spilling into Russian domestic discussion



Well if I may give an opinion but the presentation style of the hosts leave no room for careful consideration. Anyone that would care to take careful consideration gets mobbed. And there were many points of exaggerations or disinformation that I could spend time addressing.


But one thing is that to say that "now" that discussion of the the northern territories is "spilling into Russian domestic discussion" would imply that it hasn't been discussed much before. If to take that as the premise, then it should mean that the Japanese PM saying that the Russian people can continue to live on the islands after the transfer is done and work together with Japanese is something entirely new. To talk more specifically about that is new I think but Japan has had the position of having to return all 4 islands in the past number of years. So I think it would be a natural extension to address what happens to the Russian people in the case that all four islands are returned. But it seems that was not explored at all, either willingly or unwillingly. It certainly could have been something explored by people before just now. But it was also Putin that said that he wanted to get the Peace Treaty signed quickly. So consequently more concrete details are going to rush up front for discussion if running on Putin's suggestion of a quick schedule. Right now Abe wants to find a resolution quickly as well.

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Not going to happen. Japan is not sovreign.


Well, the point about Japanese sovereignty is also made in the video Roman posted at 6:20 and the so-called "insider" stated that the situation in the 1950s "characterizes the autonomy of the Japanese foreign policies".


To which I have three points.


The first point being that that was in the 1950s. Japan was only a decade into reconstruction since being totally devastated thus naturally would be in status of little diplomatic leverage to afford itself. The other thing was that the US was in the middle of a Cold War with the Soviet Union, having just fought against communism in the Korean War a few years prior. So in those circumstances, it would not be surprising to see the US play hard ball. Of course today is very different. Japan is much more developed and has an active diplomatic effort an various areas and sometimes go out of line with the US. I have three examples from the top of my head. One of course is regarding the Senkaku islands in 2012 in which the US took a rather neutral position and was going to just let Japan deal with China on their own, almost like how the US did nothing for the Philippines at Scarborough Shaol in 2012. A second is the CPTPP which Japan took leadership role and expended enormous diplomatic effort in it. A third would be the Takeshima/Dokdo islands since if Japan had no "sovereignty" of Japan (and ROK) then the US would surely find a resolution to that so as to establish stronger trilateral defense relations among the three countries.


The second point is that it is only natural that big countries have a lot of influence on other countries. Sometimes it appears that the US is exercising its control over Japanese diplomatic affairs through avenues of sovereignty violation when really it is just simple because the US has a lot of influence to bring to the table. And Japan does have a lot to lose if relations with the US go very bad. Consider how effectively Japanese companies are able to compete in the US market. Their success in the US markets suggests that there aren't controls.


The third point is the failure to recognize commonly shared interest of both Japan and the US. Japan themselves are not compelled to be concerned about the security of Taiwan, the situation of the DPRK, the raise of China, etc., by a "bully" US who is pushing Japan in the back. No, Japan has these concerns generated from the heart of Japan itself. And I would think it would be quite embarrassing in having to explain why these concerns are generated in the heart of Japan itself. So I think the young lady at 7:16 should point the direction of her statement "tell them to stop their information campaign" in the opposite direction.

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Japanese foreign diplomacy kabuki is wonderful and entirely for domestic consumption.

Now it is spilling into Russian domestic discussion


Well if I may give an opinion but the presentation style of the hosts leave no room for careful consideration. Anyone that would care to take careful consideration gets mobbed. And there were many points of exaggerations or disinformation that I could spend time addressing.


Unfortunately very few Russian FTA TV programs (not mentioning non-broadcast TV) are translated to English, so i am limited in scope of what i could bring here. Surely this talk show is way more show than talk (as it is prime-time FTA and have to compete for audience against entertainment programs) - but this topic making the way to it is indicative by itself. And i have to note provide space for prominent anti-Russian opposition figures (like in this case Leonid Gozman who was mentioned in my earlier posts http://www.tank-net.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=38893&p=1279244- by the way also to some extent linked to China, also speaking here by himself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4eV9unFJv4 )

Calm discussions are usually not translated - like this one, Kyodo News correspondent Hirohumi Syadzaki (not sure about transcript from Russian, the same remarkably free Russian-speaking Japanese who was asking Putin "How many islands will we get?" , see 1:05:10 here

) discussing Kuril islands issue to Igor Strelkov, famous leader of Slavyansk defense in 2014. It really worth listening to as he is representing views of many Russians (and by the way quite skeptical of current political system in Russia). May be this discussion was somehow reflected in Japanese press?


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