The frequent Chinese sorties force the Japan Air Self-Defence Force to fly above the East China Sea from sunrise to sunset.(Reuters representative image)
The frequent Chinese sorties force the Japan Air Self-Defence Force to fly above the East China Sea from sunrise to sunset.(Reuters representative image)

China’s muscle flexing in East China Sea ‘wearing down’ Japanese resistance: Report

As part of its strategy, China has sent military planes on hundreds of sorties in the area, forcing the Japan Self-Defence Forces to scramble its fighter jets from dawn till dusk.
By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Beijing
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 08:02 PM IST

In an attempt to wear down Japanese resistance in disputed East China Sea, China has been ramping up civilian and military presence in the airspace and waters around a rocky uninhabited group of islands, which are under Japanese administration.

The islands are also known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China, are under Japanese administration but claimed by both countries.

As part of its strategy, China has sent military planes on hundreds of sorties in the area, forcing the Japan Self-Defence Forces to scramble its fighter jets from dawn till dusk, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported.

Observers told the SCMP that the tactic is draining Japanese personnel and equipment but also comes at a big risk for China.

From 2013 to 2018, an average of 720 Chinese coastguard vessels ventured into the waters and in 2020, 1,157 of the Chinese ships went into the contiguous zone of the islands, up more than 5 per cent from last year.

According to SCMP, the Japanese Coast Guard started reporting the number of Chinese coastguard vessels near the Senkakus in 2008.

In the early years, the Chinese sent vessels a few times. And in 2020, 1,157 of the Chinese ships went in the contiguous zone of the islands, up more than five per cent from last year and almost triple the number from 2012.

Tensions have also been on the rise in the sky. The Japanese Ministry of Defence said in the year to March, Japanese fighter jets responded to 638 incursions by Chinese warplanes, nearly all of which were near the islands.

The total was up from 500 from the previous year and was the second-highest annual number since 1958.

The frequent Chinese sorties force the Japan Air Self-Defence Force to fly above the East China Sea from sunrise to sunset, Kyodo News reported citing government sources.

The two countries have agreed to restart talks on the island but there is a great deal of mistrust to overcome.

Japanese State Minister of Defence Yasuhide Nakayama voiced those concerns in early December when he said China’s growing maritime activities in the waters surrounding Japan were a threat.

He also called Beijing’s movements an attempt to “unilaterally” change the status quo in the East China Sea. “Every single day, the Chinese ships, the coastguard vessels try to enter our territorial waters,” Nakayama said.

Amid all this, the US, Japan and France plan to hold their first joint military drills on one of Japan’s uninhabited outlying islands in May.

The exercise is nominal to practise disaster relief efforts but could also form the basis for coordinated defence against attack, according to Japan’s Sankei newspaper.

Derek Grossman, a security specialist from the Rand Corporation, said pressure from Chinese warplanes has severely strained the Japan Air Self-Defence Force’s ability to sustain normal operations.

“[It] has suffered in terms of pilot fatigue as well as the cost of maintenance on aircraft ... [and] the routinisation of intercepts makes it more difficult for the [air self-defence force] to determine whether this time is different. That is precisely the uncertain mindset Beijing wants potential adversaries to have prior to actual armed conflict,” Grossman said.

Timothy Heath, also from the Rand Corporation, said China’s strategy for the Senkakus depended on “wearing down” Japan’s resistance over time so that eventually Tokyo acquiesced without fighting.

And a number of factors were in China’s favour.

“First, the huge amount of resources available to the Chinese coastguard and People’s Liberation Army Navy provides an important material advantage. Japan cannot match China plane for plane and ship for ship. Tokyo will become exhausted if it tries to do so,” Heath said.

“Also, China is highly motivated to sustain these intrusions, due to the value for its security and the political benefits for Chinese audiences that the intrusions offer of humiliating Japan,” Heath added.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Topics
Close
The speech to CPAC was Trump’s first public appearance since he left office 39 days ago.(AP)
The speech to CPAC was Trump’s first public appearance since he left office 39 days ago.(AP)

Donald Trump teases possible 2024 run, rejects third-party idea at CPAC

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 04:10 AM IST
“I am not starting a new party. That was fake news, no,” Trump told supporters minutes into his speech that closed the four-day Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Close
"Due to the decline in infections, the country can now ease some of the restrictions on movement and economic activity," Ramaphosa announced.(AFP)
"Due to the decline in infections, the country can now ease some of the restrictions on movement and economic activity," Ramaphosa announced.(AFP)

South Africa to ease Covid-19 restrictions after 'dramatic decline'

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | AFP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 03:17 AM IST
In a televised address to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country had made big strides in the past eight weeks, recording a steady drop in infections and hospital admissions.
Close
"There has still been no change in the US positions and behaviour yet," foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh added, saying the Biden administration has continued "Trump's failed policy of maximum pressure".(AFP Photo)
"There has still been no change in the US positions and behaviour yet," foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh added, saying the Biden administration has continued "Trump's failed policy of maximum pressure".(AFP Photo)

Iran rules out nuclear deal meeting, says time not 'suitable'

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | AFP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 03:10 AM IST
The European Union's political director earlier this month proposed the informal meeting involving all parties of the Vienna deal, a proposition accepted by US President Joe Biden's administration.
Close
Miller, a cattle farmer first elected in 2018, denied involvement with the group. He was in Washington, D.C., for former President Donald Trump's speech on Jan. 6.(Reuters file photo)
Miller, a cattle farmer first elected in 2018, denied involvement with the group. He was in Washington, D.C., for former President Donald Trump's speech on Jan. 6.(Reuters file photo)

Democrats seek probe of Illinois GOP lawmaker with militia decal

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 11:58 PM IST
The Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association asked for a state investigation Friday after photos of Rep. Chris Miller's truck with a sticker for the Three Percenters surfaced on social media.
Close
Children in high school -- roughly ages 14-18 in the United States -- should be able to get the vaccine "sometime this fall," Fauci told NBC's "Meet the Press."(Reuters file photo)
Children in high school -- roughly ages 14-18 in the United States -- should be able to get the vaccine "sometime this fall," Fauci told NBC's "Meet the Press."(Reuters file photo)

US children could receive coronavirus vaccine by year-end: Anthony Fauci

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | AFP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 11:54 PM IST
The mass vaccination of school-age children will allow millions of children to return sooner to in-person learning and ease the burden on millions of parents now caring for their offspring at home.
Close
Workers wearing protective suits walk past the graves of Covid-19 victims at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery, in Manaus, Brazil.(AFP)
Workers wearing protective suits walk past the graves of Covid-19 victims at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery, in Manaus, Brazil.(AFP)

Up to 6 cases of Manaus variant of coronavirus detected in UK

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 11:05 PM IST
Two of three cases found in England were from a household in the South Gloucestershire area which had a history of travel to Brazil, Public Health England said.
Close
Palestinian labourers gather near an Israeli checkpoint that was closed amid fears of a second wave of Covid-19 infections.(File Photo / REUTERS)
Palestinian labourers gather near an Israeli checkpoint that was closed amid fears of a second wave of Covid-19 infections.(File Photo / REUTERS)

Israel to vaccinate Palestinian labourers against Covid-19

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Reuters, Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 11:00 PM IST
Israel has given at least one dose of Pfizer Inc's Covid-19 vaccine to more than half of its 9.3 million population, including Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
Close
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at a vaccination site in the Brooklyn borough of New York, US.(REUTERS)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at a vaccination site in the Brooklyn borough of New York, US.(REUTERS)

New York governor backs down on plan to review his alleged sexual misconduct

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Reuters, New York
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 10:56 PM IST
Andrew Cuomo, one of the nation's most well-known Democratic politicians, has faced a string of controversies in recent weeks.
Close
A statue of former US President Donald Trump is pictured at the CPAC in Orlando, Florida.(REUTERS)
A statue of former US President Donald Trump is pictured at the CPAC in Orlando, Florida.(REUTERS)

Trump to proclaim himself as the future for Republicans in CPAC 2021 speech

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Reuters, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 10:32 PM IST
In the short term, Trump is making plans to set up a superPAC political organization to support candidates who mirror his policies, an adviser said.
Close
The firm said that the technology doesn’t include speech to avoid the creation of “deepfake people”.(Twitter / @KS1729 / @AdamRutherford)
The firm said that the technology doesn’t include speech to avoid the creation of “deepfake people”.(Twitter / @KS1729 / @AdamRutherford)

MyHeritage offers new AI tool to turn photos of the dead into ‘creepy’ videos

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 09:54 PM IST
  • The firm admitted that the results of the feature can be controversial, adding that it’s “hard to stay indifferent to this technology.”
Close
A Johnson & Johnson worker prepares a syringe during the Phase 3 trial of its coronavirus vaccine candidate in an undated photograph. (REUTERS FILE)
A Johnson & Johnson worker prepares a syringe during the Phase 3 trial of its coronavirus vaccine candidate in an undated photograph. (REUTERS FILE)

Get any of 3 vaccines, Fauci urges Americans after FDA nod to J& J shot

By HT Correspondent I Edited by Vinod Janardhanan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 09:52 PM IST
“All three of them are really quite good, and people should take the one that’s most available to them. If you go to a place and you have J&J, and that’s the one that’s available now, I would take it,” said the top US infectious disease official.
Close
"Working with the US and Canada, the UK has taken action by imposing human rights sanctions against nine Myanmar military officers, including the commander-in-chief, for their role in the coup," a spokeswoman for Britain's Foreign Office said.(AP)
"Working with the US and Canada, the UK has taken action by imposing human rights sanctions against nine Myanmar military officers, including the commander-in-chief, for their role in the coup," a spokeswoman for Britain's Foreign Office said.(AP)

UK says Myanmar killings are abhorrent, urges return to democracy

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 09:28 PM IST
Myanmar police fired on protesters earlier on Sunday in the bloodiest day of weeks of demonstrations against a coup and at least 18 people were killed, the UN human rights office said.
Close
Over 239.6 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered all over the world as of Saturday.(AP)
Over 239.6 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered all over the world as of Saturday.(AP)

Which other countries have vaccinated senior citizens against Covid-19

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 09:07 PM IST
The vaccination programme for people above the age of 60 years and within the age bracket of 45-59 years with co-morbidities will begin from March 1 in the country.
Close
"We have no time to waste. If we act now, decisively, quickly and boldly, we can finally get ahead of this virus," Biden said. (REUTERS)
"We have no time to waste. If we act now, decisively, quickly and boldly, we can finally get ahead of this virus," Biden said. (REUTERS)

Biden in no rush to lift Venezuela sanctions, seeks 'serious steps' by Maduro

Posted by Prashasti Singh | Reuters, Venezuela
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 08:57 PM IST
Signaling that the new U.S. president may be unlikely to loosen the screws on Venezuela anytime soon, an official emphasized that existing sanctions have enough special provisions to allow for humanitarian aid shipments to help Venezuelans cope with economic hardships and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Close
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference.(Reuters)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference.(Reuters)

Andrew Cuomo's scandals dim luster of man dubbed ‘America’s governor’

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 08:46 PM IST
  • On Saturday, a second former aide accused Cuomo of harassment, according to the New York Times. Charlotte Bennett, a former health policy adviser, said Cuomo had asked her questions about her sex life and made what she interpreted as sexual overtures.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP