Guess Which Side We’re On: The Other ‘Almost’ War: China vs. Japan

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 18:46 PM
April 9, 2014

330px-Battle_of_Songhwan_improved    It may only be traditional bluster, or the need to justify rising military costs, but U.S. officials express genuine concern about China and Japan’s preparations for war. Both Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel made clear the U.S. would back Japan. Such a war is a giant step toward WW3.

First, understand that these two countries have a long history of hatred and war. Historically Japan labels itself a superior empire and gave itself the right to rule over China militarily in order to confiscate that country’s extensive economic resources.  Known as the Sino-Japanese War, the first one occurred from 1894-95.

After several localized ‘fights,’ the Second Sino-Japanese War  began in 1937 after Japan invaded Manchuria and instigated the Marco Polo Bridge Incident.  When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, their war with China morphed into Europe’s World War II, and China and the U.S. became allies.

According to Agence France-Presse, before he visited China last month, Kerry met with Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida “and reaffirmed the 1960 treaty that commits the United States to protect its ally against attacks.”

Secretary Hagel recently spoke with even more sternness toward Japan when visiting Toyko this week:  “All nations deserve respect, no matter how large or how small.  I think we’re seeing some clear evidence of a lack of respect, and coercion and intimidation with … what the Russians have done in Ukraine.”

He backed his words with promises to send Japan two more Aegis missile defense warships. These will join a second early warning U.S. radar, P-8 maritime surveillance aircraft and plans to bring unmanned Global Hawk drones already deployed.  Hagel also included North Korea in his warnings against war.

Hagel is now in China advising China leaders that their dispute with Japan over some rather ‘useless’ islands should be solved by diplomacy, not by war or posturing for war.  But China avers that Japan’s conservative government started the dispute by:  1) Nationalizing those islands in the fall of 2012; 2) Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pilgrimage to the Yasukuni Shrine honoring 2.5 million Japanese war dead including convicted war criminals; and 3) Justifying the use of Chinese and South Korean women as ‘comfort women’ or sex slaves during WW2.

Justified or not, Perry Chiaramonte of Fox News insists: “China is practicing for a “short, sharp war” with Japan.” 180713_kienthuc_05_china navy_URMPCapt. James Fannell, deputy chief of staff intelligence and information operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Fannell added:  “We witnessed the massive amphibious and cross-military region enterprise.

“We concluded that the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) has been given the new task to be able to conduct a short, sharp war to destroy Japanese forces in the East China Sea following with what can only be expected a seizure of the Senkakus Island or even a southern Ryukyu Island.”

Minnie Chan of scmp.com writes:  “China and Japan moved closer to armed conflict after Beijing established its first air defence identification zone last November in the East China Sea. Ex-PLO officer Luo Yuan tells Chan that Capt. Fannell’s analysis is accurate: “. . . a war with Japan over territorial disputes is becoming increasingly likely . . . China is more than capable of defending itself.”

Surely Christians on all sides of Axis and Allies history World War pray with Apostle John: “ . . . Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22: 20);” for     “He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire (Psalm 46: 9.”

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