Is Japan preparing for an armed conflict with China over territories claimed by both nations? And is Tokyo attempting to lasso America into participating in such a conflict? This editorial from China’s state-run Huanqiu argues that whatever the goals of Japan-U.S. war games that began today, if China has the ‘courage of its convictions,’ it will be able to ‘smash the existing power structure, while having a dedication and courage that will maintain the course of China’s relationships’ – presumably with the U.S. and Japan.
In reference to the ongoing U.S.-Japan war games code-named ‘Keen Sword’, the Huanqiu editorial says in small part:
Japan is doing everything it can to tie the Diaoyu Islands sovereignty dispute to the Japan-America Security Treaty, attempting to leverage external forces to put added pressure on China. Even if U.S. concern over the China-Japan territorial dispute is limited and its position vague, it does from time to time send signals of “deep concern” to Japan. This is a great underestimation of China’s firm and unbreakable will to maintain its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
This is clearly a bluff – and the stakes are high. Is it a petty trick intended to provoke China, or does it reflect a lack of strategic confidence? Both Japan and America presumably know the answer.
There is little on earth more stubborn than stale ideas – and there are few pursuits more glorious than going beyond them.
While on the path of peaceful development, one cannot ignore hostility, disregard the core interests of one’s own country, or allow foreign interference to upset the pace of progress. This means maintaining a developmental momentum capable of smashing the existing power structure, while having a dedication and courage that will maintain the course of China’s relationships.
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