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Without naming names, Japan video showcases effort to halt China maritime expansion

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Staff Writer

The Foreign Ministry has released a new video highlighting Beijing’s recent moves in the South China Sea and Tokyo’s own measures to help Southeast Asian nations bolster their capabilities as China flexes its maritime muscle.

The video, titled “The Rule of Law at Sea,” was published on the Foreign Ministry’s website and on its Facebook page in both Japanese and English on Monday.

While the video refrains from mentioning China by name, it opens almost immediately with images of the country’s massive dredging and land reclamation operations in the disputed Spratly Islands as well as footage of a clash between what appears to be a China Coast Guard vessel and a Vietnamese ship.

The Spratlys, which are located near key international sea lanes, are claimed by China and five other nations. They are believed to be rich in oil and natural gas reserves.

“While there are concerns in the international community about attempts to unilaterally change the status quo at sea, Japan has been providing seamless support, combining ODA (official development assistance), defense equipment cooperation and capacity-building to help improve sea protection capabilities while calling for strict adherence to the principles of the rule of law,” a narrator states.

It goes on to outline Tokyo’s growing maritime ties with a number of Southeast Asian nations — including the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia — while stressing the importance of international law.

Tokyo has beefed up its foreign aid programs and other support for these nations by relaxing longtime rules such as a prohibition on the transfer of military equipment, as long as it is used for nonmilitary purposes.

On the Philippines, the video cites Tokyo’s ongoing training and consultations with Manila to help it reach a “peaceful settlement to unlawful actions without use of force, based on international law.”

Earlier this month, Tokyo and Manila reached a deal whereby the Philippines will lease five aircraft from Japan to help it patrol the South China Sea.

The video also touts Japan’s recent joint exercises with Vietnam as well as its deal on maritime security with Hanoi — Tokyo’s first with a Southeast Asian nation.

A Japanese submarine is scheduled to visit the Philippines for the first time in 15 years, along with two warships, before sailing on to Vietnam, Reuters reported last week.

Japan’s provision of three vessels to Indonesia to help patrol the Strait of Malacca, a “pivotal point of maritime transportation,” is also highlighted in the video.

The Foreign Ministry reportedly is mulling translating the video into 10 other languages, including Chinese and Korean.

According to Tetsuo Kotani, a senior fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo, the timing of the video’s release is clear.

“It’s for the G-7,” he said, referring to the Ise-Shima Group of Seven summit slated for May 26 and 27 in Mie Prefecture.

  • Testerty

    Didn’t Japan invaded South East Asia during WWII on the same excuse of helping them from foreigners as the above video?

    • Tachomanx

      And it must burn you then that they all welcome Japan’s normalization and increased engagement with the region or that they sign defense agreements and srategic partnerships.

      And all that in China’s face to top it. Yup, must burn you badly that no one shares the ridiculous anti-Japan rethoric of the CCP.

    • parkmcgraw

      Hello Testerty

      The hierarchy for the South China Sea region does not stop with Japan, rather it stops with the United States of America.

      It was the USA that defeated Japanese forces with the aid of ally nations such as Australia, not the Chinese to which Xi Jinping knows all too well. He simply taking advantage of the lack of leadership from Washington DC and separate subject in itself, one pertaining to usurpation and demographic control of the US media. I having little doubt that Xi has seen some WWII movies produced by Hollywood and knows the battles won by the USA were not performed on behalf of Chinese desire to control the maritime domain. Such desires by the Chinese having only formulated with the discover of petroleum deposits in the region post WWII and discovered by the US.

      More important is the fact that China has no historical claim to the region, the Chinese not having prior to the Qing Chao 清朝 (Qing Dynasty) the proper maritime vessel design nor mature cartographic technology (chronometer, sextant) to map the region with any finesse. The Chinese not having in their possession, any internally produced cartegraphical records prior to the Qing Dynasty to suggest competent knowledge of the Greater China Seas in addition to the stark omission of coordinates on the errant 1947 claim and invalid overlay of US supervised domain. The Chinese prior to WWI, having had very little political interaction with the people of the region, thus the use of Malay as the lingual franco as oppose to Chinese at the time Portuguese, Spanish and other Europeans arrived in the China and Japan Seas region in the early 16th century.

      It being the US that kindly handed Okinawa to Japan and the Philippines to it’s inhabitants after the Spanish American War.

      The Chinese from the Nan Song Chao 南宋朝 (Southern Song Dynasty) not advancing much beyond Hainan and Penghu Archipelago / Pescadores Island (San Fo Qi 三佛齊) thus the void of any accurate renderings of Taiwan until the map produced by Italian Jesuit missionary Martino Martini, also known as (衛匡國) Wei Kuangguo. The Ming Chao 明朝 (Ming Dynasty) benifiting from navigational data from Europeans. Afterall, it was the Europeans that sailed to China, not the Chinese sailing to Europe. The Chinese having no historical record of bisecting any large body of blue water until the 19th century, being restricted for many reasons to littoral activities.

      The ca. 1389, Da Ming Hun Yi Tu 大明混一圖 (Illustrated Copulation of the Great Ming) and unlike that errantly proposed by some, ceasing near the eastern rim of Bengal Bay. The map being void of Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Philippines, … as such distance from dead reckoning shores was not a warranted risk. The Da Ming Hun Yi Tu being highly distorted, the distortions growing with plotted distance, as such regions of the Earth are very difficult to navigate by the North Star for such areas of the Earth and near equatorial regions are frequently obscured along the horizon with low lying clouds, obscuring the north star that is low on the horizon.

      The ability to by Chinese navigators to properly locate latitude using the Sun being very limited, they not having use of a sextant nor ephemeris. The positions in latitude being even more course as the Chinese did not having access to a proper time measuring device that operated continuously from the time departure in the form of sufficient clock or chronometer.

      Many in China and elsewhere in the world having little first hand knowledge of the China Sea region along with maritime charts for the area to include ship handling, being principle to why so many entertain the wild notion of Chinese historical claim.
      Should you believe I lack connection to Asian affairs will stat that my adopted mother watched Tokyo burn at nigh as the B29s flew over head, her best friend being in Nagasaki during the A bombing. My father serving as a flight engineer on a B29 during the Korean war. My US Army father leaving me in Korea where I lived in an orphanage nearly starving to death. My former Chinese girlfriend’s birth father being essentially killed via the denial of medical care, this after the entire family was forced to relocate to Hubei, their assists striped, he having been a professor of mathematics in Shanghai. His grave in original Xingshan, now underwater.

      Park McGraw
      Former US Navy (China Seas, Sea of Japan, Indian Ocean…)
      Helm and After Steering Qualified 3,400 dwt US Navy Warship

      • Testerty

        LOl. USA is not the only one defeating Japan. You placing too much hot air on the Americans. The reason US uses the nuke is Russia has already started invading Japan itself. Also, Chinese Nationalist airplanes has also started bombing mainland Japan. The Japanese surrendered to both China and USA. Go check your history lessons.

      • Master of Unlocking

        Russians didn’t invade Japan itself, they only invaded Manchuria.

        Chinese Nationalist airplanes were not bombing Japan. US airplanes were bombing Japan from bases in China. Almost all of China’s planes were only given to them by the US anyway.

        Japan surrendered to all the Allied nations, but don’t delude yourself, the US played the main role in defeating Japan. Chinese soldiers were just poorly-trained cannon fodder.

        It’s best that you refrain from participating in further discussions about history, as it is apparent that you are utterly ignorant about the topic, like most Chinese.

      • Testerty

        Russia did not invade Japan? Really? So those 4 islands north of Japan just fall into Russian control by magic, eh?

      • Master of Unlocking

        Oh, the Kurils. The tone of your post made it sound like Russia was invading the Japanese main islands.

        So, you seriously believe that Japan surrendered because Russia took four tiny sparsely-populated islands? As opposed to Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and all the other islands the US took. That’s quite delusional.

        The US used the nukes to avoid a ground invasion of Japan, not because the Soviets were invading Japan. The Soviets didn’t even have the amphibious capability to land enough troops to invade the main islands.

        As I said before, you had best refrain from further discussions about history, as you are utterly ignorant about the topic.

        But at least you didn’t even attempt to rebut the rest of my post. Good for you.

      • Testerty

        So your definition of Japan does not include islands, eh? So Hawaii is not USA, eh? If the US did not use the nukes, all of Japan would be occupied by the Russians become Americans can even start landing on Japan itself.

      • Master of Unlocking

        Are you illiterate? I just told you that the Soviets didn’t have the amphibious capability to land enough troops to occupy the main islands. The Soviets actually had to borrow landing craft from America.

        Anyway, don’t try to change the topic. The USSR was one of the superpowers of WW2. China, on the other hand, was just useless cannon fodder.

      • Testerty

        So pleas explain how the Russians could cross over 300 km of sea with tanks and airplanes to take over the norther Japan, beat the numerically superior Japanese garrison but they cannot cross over 5 km from those islands to mainland Japan. Yup, you trying took hard to revise history.

    • parkmcgraw

      Hello Testerty

      The hierarchy for the South China Sea region does not stop with Japan, rather it stops with the United States of America.

      It was the USA that defeated Japanese forces with the aid of ally nations such as Australia, not the Chinese to which Xi Jinping knows all too well. He simply taking advantage of the lack of leadership from Washington DC and separate subject in itself, one pertaining to usurpation and demographic control of the US media. I having little doubt that Xi has seen some WWII movies produced by Hollywood and knows the battles won by the USA were not performed on behalf of Chinese desire to control the maritime domain. Such desires by the Chinese having only formulated with the discover of petroleum deposits in the region post WWII and discovered by the US.

      More important is the fact that China has no historical claim to the region, the Chinese not having prior to the Qing Chao 清朝 (Qing Dynasty) the proper maritime vessel design nor mature cartographic technology (chronometer, sextant) to map the region with any finesse. The Chinese not having in their possession, any internally produced cartegraphical records prior to the Qing Dynasty to suggest competent knowledge of the Greater China Seas in addition to the stark omission of coordinates on the errant 1947 claim and invalid overlay of US supervised domain. The Chinese prior to WWI, having had very little political interaction with the people of the region, thus the use of Malay as the lingual franco as oppose to Chinese at the time Portuguese, Spanish and other Europeans arrived in the China and Japan Seas region in the early 16th century.

      It being the US that kindly handed Okinawa to Japan and the Philippines to it’s inhabitants after the Spanish American War.

      The Chinese from the Nan Song Chao 南宋朝 (Southern Song Dynasty) not advancing much beyond Hainan and Penghu Archipelago / Pescadores Island (San Fo Qi 三佛齊) thus the void of any accurate renderings of Taiwan until the map produced by Italian Jesuit missionary Martino Martini, also known as (衛匡國) Wei Kuangguo. The Ming Chao 明朝 (Ming Dynasty) benifiting from navigational data from Europeans. Afterall, it was the Europeans that sailed to China, not the Chinese sailing to Europe. The Chinese having no historical record of bisecting any large body of blue water until the 19th century, being restricted for many reasons to littoral activities.

      The ca. 1389, Da Ming Hun Yi Tu 大明混一圖 (Illustrated Copulation of the Great Ming) and unlike that errantly proposed by some, ceasing near the eastern rim of Bengal Bay. The map being void of Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Philippines, … as such distance from dead reckoning shores was not a warranted risk. The Da Ming Hun Yi Tu being highly distorted, the distortions growing with plotted distance, as such regions of the Earth are very difficult to navigate by the North Star for such areas of the Earth and near equatorial regions are frequently obscured along the horizon with low lying clouds, obscuring the north star that is low on the horizon.

      The ability to by Chinese navigators to properly locate latitude using the Sun being very limited, they not having use of a sextant nor ephemeris. The positions in latitude being even more course as the Chinese did not having access to a proper time measuring device that operated continuously from the time departure in the form of sufficient clock or chronometer.

      Many in China and elsewhere in the world having little first hand knowledge of the China Sea region along with maritime charts for the area to include ship handling, being principle to why so many entertain the wild notion of Chinese historical claim.
      Should you believe I lack connection to Asian affairs will stat that my adopted mother watched Tokyo burn at nigh as the B29s flew over head, her best friend being in Nagasaki during the A bombing. My father serving as a flight engineer on a B29 during the Korean war. My US Army father leaving me in Korea where I lived in an orphanage nearly starving to death. My former Chinese girlfriend’s birth father being essentially killed via the denial of medical care, this after the entire family was forced to relocate to Hubei, their assists striped, he having been a professor of mathematics in Shanghai. His grave in original Xingshan, now underwater.

      Park McGraw
      Former US Navy (China Seas, Sea of Japan, Indian Ocean…)
      Helm and After Steering Qualified 3,400 dwt US Navy Warship

    • http://twitch.tv/guilty_swordz Arthur Strong

      and that”s exactly what they did…… where have you been living ? under a rock ?

    • Master of Unlocking

      Good thing you mentioned that. Isn’t it funny that China today is doing and saying the same kind of things Japan did before WWII?

    • South China Sea

      You’re living in and breathing the past.
      It is the PLA that has been the aggressor and bully in ASIA today. They’re trying to mimic Imperial Japan in the 1930’s. Your people has not learned anything nor care to.

      • Testerty

        Let see, what are the following US military policies in ASIA today?

        First Island Chain of China Containment
        Second Island Chain of China Containment
        Thrid Island Chain of China Containment
        Pivot to Asia to COntain China
        Re-balancing against China

        Oh, right, and you say it is China who is the aggressor….

      • Master of Unlocking

        Do you know what the word “containment” means?

        China has to be contained because China is an aggressor.

        But you’re Chinese, so I understand if your English skills are not up to par.

      • Testerty

        American nuclear armed aircraft carriers sailing right outside China doorstep and China is the aggressor. You have a twisted definition of “aggressor”.

      • Master of Unlocking

        China is the one ramming and boarding Vietnamese and Filipino fishing boats, not America.

        Try harder, Chinaman.

      • Master of Unlocking

        Do you know what the word “containment” means?

        China has to be contained because China is an aggressor.

        But you’re Chinese, so I understand if your English skills are not up to par.

  • parkmcgraw

    It would be good if the Japanese were to lease for an extended period of time (~10 years), the decommissioned USS Kitty Hawk CV63. The Japanese to then refit the vessel, they already having familiarity with the ship as the USS Kitty Hawk was already stationed in Yokosuka.

    The Japanese to operate the vessel along similar lines as the Chinese are doing with the former Russian carrier. In the mean time, take the lessons learned and fashion 2-3 winged aircraft carriers of their own.

    It not being helpful nor an honest representation of the facts by Japan, thus negatively impinging upon creditability, to label their two, new helicopter (VTOL) flattops as destroyers, which they are not.

    The Japanese and too skittish today, managed by non stakeholders and non performers, like other nations in the region, having grown far too accustom to not being accountable for their own nation’s defense, with the Koreans, Taiwanese and Australians being in the same lot.

    Last, harsh language and simple posturing and chained aggression will not ever be effective with the Chinese, I have stated such basics five years ago on a US Naval Institute posting. Proceeding along such timid path, another form of capitulation to Chinese desires for annex.

    Park McGraw

  • parkmcgraw

    It would be good if the Japanese were to lease for an extended period of time (~10 years), the decommissioned USS Kitty Hawk CV63. The Japanese to then refit the vessel, they already having familiarity with the ship as the USS Kitty Hawk was already stationed in Yokosuka.

    The Japanese to operate the vessel along similar lines as the Chinese are doing with the former Russian carrier. In the mean time, take the lessons learned and fashion 2-3 winged aircraft carriers of their own.

    It not being helpful nor an honest representation of the facts by Japan, thus negatively impinging upon creditability, to label their two, new helicopter (VTOL) flattops as destroyers, which they are not.

    The Japanese and too skittish today, managed by non stakeholders and non performers, like other nations in the region, having grown far too accustom to not being accountable for their own nation’s defense, with the Koreans, Taiwanese and Australians being in the same lot.

    Last, harsh language and simple posturing and chained aggression will not ever be effective with the Chinese, I have stated such basics five years ago on a US Naval Institute posting. Proceeding along such timid path, another form of capitulation to Chinese desires for annex.

    Park McGraw

  • MGM555

    Japan is a true and respected team-builder.
    If all work together, all build relationships, all benefit from peace by being able to pursue each nations prosperity.