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Tuesday, Japan accused China of directing radar capable of aiding weapon strikes at a Japanese naval vessel and helicopter. The Japanese were near disputed islands located in the East China Sea. In China the islands are called Diaoyu and in Japan the islands are called Senkaku.
This is not the first time, in recent history, that tensions have flared over the islands. On Tuesday, Japan’s Ministry of Defense announced that a Chinese military vessel used its targeting radar on a Japanese naval destroyer near the island on January 30, 2013. The significance of this radar is that it can precede an attack, Itsunori Onodera, the Japanese Defense Minister said that this “could have pushed things into a dangerous situation.”
China did not respond immediately, however, yesterday, China’s Defense Ministry Website said that its naval vessels’ radar had “maintained normal observational alertness.” China went on to say that Japan was “deliberately creating a tense atmosphere and misleading international opinion.”
Despite the escalated tensions, Denny Roy, a senior fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, said, “I think it’s a positive development that the Chinese would deny doing this, as opposed to saying, ‘Yes we did it, and we’ll do it again.’ ” He went on to say, “[f]or the Chinese to not want to be portrayed as an aggressor, I think, is a good sign.” For example, in early January, when Chinese ships entered Japanese-controlled waters near the islands for 13 hours, the Chinese ambassador responded that the islands belong to China and that the Japanese ships had no right to be there.
With the trading relations that America has with Japan and China and the amount of American debt that China owns what implications could a war between these two nations mean for us?
Source: New York Times