Top Chinese general tells troops to ready for combat with Japan

China’s most powerful military leader, in an unusual public statement, last week ordered military forces to prepare for combat, as Chinese warships deployed to waters near disputed islands and anti-Japan protests throughout the country turned violent.

Protests against the Japanese government’s purchase of three privately held islands in the Senkakus chain led to mass street protests, the burning of Japanese flags, and attacks on Japanese businesses and cars in several cities. Some carried signs that read “Kill all Japanese,” and “Fight to the Death” over disputed islands. One sign urged China to threaten a nuclear strike against Japan.

Gen. Xu Caihou, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, considered the most senior military political commissar, said Friday that military forces should be “prepared for any possible military combat,” state run Xinhua news agency reported.

Heightened tensions over the Senkakus come as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in China Monday.

Panetta, in comments made in Japan shortly before traveling to China, said, “We are concerned by the demonstrations, and we are concerned by the conflict that is taking place over the Senkaku islands.”

“The message I have tried to convey is we have to urge calm and restraint on all sides,” he said, noting any “provocation” could produce a “blow up.”

Panetta repeated the U.S. position that it is neutral in the dispute over Japan’s Senkaku islands, a small chain of islets located south of Okinawa and north of Taiwan. But he also reaffirmed the U.S. defense commitment to Japan, a treaty ally.

“We stand by our treaty obligations,” Panetta said, echoing a similar commitment made during a 2010 standoff between Beijing and Tokyo over the Senkakus. ”They’re longstanding, and that has not changed.”

China claims the islands as its territory and calls them the Diaoyu islands.


posturing or for real?

who owns these islands?

the japanese and chinese hate each others “rape of nanking” to find out why..


~ by seeker401 on September 20, 2012.

6 Responses to “Top Chinese general tells troops to ready for combat with Japan”

  1. Most of the protesters were not even ALIVE during the “Rape of Nanking”. This is simply a power play by the Chinese to cement their claims in the area. In case you haven’t noticed, they are claiming ALL of the islands (including Taiwan!) in the South China Sea as theirs.

    I have a feeling that this is the start of World War III. It’s been coming for a while, and this may be just the crisis to set it all off.

    • no doubt nobody from the 1940s is you think they have all forgotten it? 🙂

      taiwan is not an issue here..its already chinese..are you doubting the chinese and japanese hate each other?

      Originally based in mainland China, the Republic of China now governs the island of Taiwan (formerly known as Formosa), which makes up over 99% of its current territory,[f] as well as Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu, and other minor islands. Neighboring states include the People’s Republic of China to the west, Japan to the east and northeast, and the Philippines to the south. Taipei is the capital and economic and cultural center of the country,[1] while New Taipei is the most populous city.

  2. They are testing America to see what the Americans are made of. If the Americans whimp they will move to the next step…invasion plans for the region. Its all up to the Americans. I believe I know whats going to happen (Christian prophecies tell many tales). I believe the China plan is to take down America… then the world is Chinas. I believe the PLA could easily be on Aussie soil by the mid-2020’s.

  3. 2012 was pretty anti-climatic in the beginning, finally we are seeing some international action cooking.


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