This is coolbert:
Bill Gertz at work again! Alarmist headlines that catch your attention right away. Japan and China the push NOW comes to shove? Thanks to Free Beacon.
Devoted readers to the blog will recall that it was Mr. Gertz that wrote and had published that recent article concerning the Russian Akula class submarine purportedly sailing for weeks in the Caribbean undetected much to the alleged consternation of the U.S. Navy.
NOW, China and Japan at the proverbial loggerheads, the Senkaku/Daioyu dispute heating up big time, the threats having been made from the very top echelon of command and not to be ignored. So says Mr. Gertz.
"Chinese General: Prepare for Combat"
"Top Chinese general in unusual move 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."
"Japan’s Coast Guard announced on Sept. 14 that six Chinese maritime patrol
vessels sailed into Japanese-controlled waters near the Senkakus and the vessels
ignored Japanese warnings for the ships to leave the area."
"Other reports from China on Monday showed a convoy of hundreds of Chinese
fishing vessels sailing toward the disputed islands."
Half a dozen surveillance and patrol vessels as we speak at this exact instant in the vicinity of the uninhabited and uninhabitable islands [no source of fresh water present on the islands] with "hundreds" of Chinese fishing vessels approaching.
LANDINGS to be made and a permanent presence established? The gauntlet thrown and the dare issued.
This reminds me of Chou En Lai issuing a not so veiled threat prior to Chinese incursion and intervention during the Korean War. THAT WAS OVER SIXTY YEARS AGO NOW AND HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF?
This general seems to be more of a PLA Red commissar than a fighting combat arms officer. His authority does come from the highest levels of the Chinese Communist party and pronouncements of this man are to be TAKEN VERY SERIOUSLY!!
The United States too having A LEGALLY BINDING MUTUAL DEFENSE TREATY WITH JAPAN AMERICAN MILITARY FORCES OBLIGATED TO COME TO THE AID AND ASSISTANCE OF JAPAN IF AND WHEN PUSH DOES INDEED BECOME SHOVE!