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PLA Admiral: China Should Prepare For Conflict With U.S. Over Disputed Islands

A People’s Liberation Army Admiral has fanned the flames of tensions surrounding the island dispute between China and Japan by suggesting that China would comfortably defeat Japan in a war and that Beijing should prepare for the United States to become involved in the conflict.

A report in People’s Daily - a propaganda organ for the ruling Central Committee of the Communist Party of China – quotes Zhang Zhaozhong, rear admiral at China’s National Defense University.

Zhaozhong accuses the United States and Japan of using a joint drill currently taking place on Tinian Island involving U.S. Marines and Japanese troops to prepare for a potential invasion of the disputed islands, adding that the U.S. is taking part in the exercises as a deterrent to put pressure on China.

The article quotes Zhaozhong as highlighting that, “China has a stronger fighting capability than Japan in a war for the Diaoyu Islands, because China’s coastal areas are close to the islands and the radar and missiles there can cover all the islands.”

However, the Admiral makes it clear that if the United States were to become embroiled in the conflict, the balance would change greatly and that China should be making preparations for that very outcome.


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There is also a conflict over some islands

Between China and the Philippines. The United States said it would back the Philippines if the conflict led to a war. :/

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Thanks for the info Anna

I did not know about the Philippines dispute.
This is crazy totally crazy when we all know China holds so much US debt treasury bills and huge amounts of US currency -- if they dump it...

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