While the real estate, proper, isn't worth fighting over the access to nearby oil reserves could be the catalyst that compels China to make its next move and physically occupy them. Western civilization is rapidly eroding into a mosh pit heavily influenced by Muslims in Europe and Mexicans in North America. The weakening effect will play in China's favor allowing it to emerge as the world's leading nation both economically and militarily.
The Chinese have the infrastructure, military muscle, and textbook memory of Japanese atrocities to dominate the region, should push come to shove.
For the immediate future, we expect China to play nice if, for no other reason, to stay in the good graces of the International community. As the West erodes, however, China will be the International community. And I doubt its leaders will care to show much appreciation for out technological contributions to the world community.
It's a harbinger.
Those who curse the West and work towards its rapid destruction may, in the near future, discover that the emergent Chinese domination is what they only imagined the West to be: truly intolerant.
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China's air force keeps "high alert," patrols disputed zone
China's air force sent patrols into its new air defence identification zone in the East China Sea, the Defence Ministry said on Friday.
China will remain on "high alert" and will take measures to "deal with diverse air threats" in its air space, People's Liberation Army spokesman Shen Jianke said in a statement posted on the ministry's website.
The air force has sent patrols of fighter jets and an early warning aircraft since Saturday, the day it declared the zone, Shen said.
The patrols were "a defensive measure and in line with international common practice," he was quoted as saying.
The air defence identification zone covers the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, which lie near oil and gas reserves and are claimed by China as the Diaoyu and Taiwan as the Tiaoyutai.
China declared that aircraft were required to give notice of their intention to fly through the zone or face possible retaliation.
Several countries have expressed concern at the Chinese move to declare the zone, including the United States, Japan and South Korea.
US defence officials said two B-52 bombers flew "a routine, planned training mission" across the edge of the zone late Tuesday, and did not identify themselves to Chinese authorities as demanded.
Japan and South Korea also said its air forces flew planes across the zone this week.
China has sent warplanes to its newly declared air defence zone in the East China Sea, state media reports. The vast zone, announced last week, covers territory claimed by China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.
China has said all planes transiting the zone must file flight plans and identify themselves, or face "defensive emergency measures".
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