China Boosts Naval Presence Near Korean Peninsula

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    Alarm bells are ringing in some quarters here as China becomes more assertive in waters near the Korean Peninsula. Beijing reportedly wants to include a submerged rock effectively controlled by Korea in regular maritime patrols near the peninsula and deploy its first aircraft carrier there in August. It is also bolstering naval facilities at Dalian port and increasing the number of naval destroyers.

    The chief of China's State Oceanic Administration was reported as saying in an interview with the official Xinhua news agency on Saturday that Ieo Island is in waters under Chinese control, causing Seoul to call in the Chinese ambassador before deciding whether to lodge an official complaint. The media reports have apparently not been verified.

    Some pundits say these developments could spell a new maritime threat to Korea. A researcher with a state-run think tank said China's decision to include the submerged rock of Iedo, which lies in the two countries' overlapping economic zones, in maritime patrols "looks 10 to 20 years down the road. If China starts to flex its muscle, a clash with Korea would be inevitable."

    A government official said while the U.S. is ostensibly shifting its strategic focus on Asia, it is decreasing its military strength in the region, leading to "an inevitable power vacuum" in East Asia and the Pacific, which China may be determined to fill.

    China has been pursuing a three-stage plan since the 1980s to bolster its naval power. It wants to expand its naval reach to waters near Guam and Indonesia by 2020 and to anywhere in the world by 2050. It is also bolstering a task force fleet to increase its naval mobility.

    Ieo Island is 149 km off the southern coast of Jeju and is closer to Korea than any other country. Submerged rocks cannot be claimed as any country's territory, but the question is whether the waters are under Korean or Chinese control. Korea is building a maritime research station there.

    China is also involved in various other territorial disputes, laying claim to the Diaoyu or Senkaku Islands, which are partly controlled by Japan. Lee Dae-woo, a researcher at the Sejong Institute, said, "China is bolstering its naval strength faster than scheduled and is likely to become a major global force around 2020 due to its powerful economic base."

    These concerns lay behind the decision during the Roh Moo-hyun administration to build a naval base on Jeju Island in order to stem China's increasing naval reach. But now the plan is facing a stumbling block in fierce opposition from leftwing groups.
     
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    I only think of Yoda. He has the philosophy down.

    Fear is the path to the dark side. We are going down the path of fear.
     
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    bluesky...

    ... possum wants to know if ya got a source link for dat info?...

    ... ya s'posed to post a link to the source article...

    ... dat's so's ya don't get the board in trouble fer not accrediting copyrighted material.

    Just copy and paste the URL from yer address bar.
     
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    China gonna increase the size of its navy...
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    Chinese navy eyes major expansion
    Tue, Apr 10, 2012 - China is not satisfied with a single refurbished aircraft carrier and has plans to build two conventional and one nuclear-powered aircraft carriers by 2020, as well as 200 more vessels, a Russian military analysts’ Web site says.
     
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    China tryin' to take Japanese islands...
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    China sends patrol ships to islands held by Japan
    Sep 11,`12 -- A territorial flare-up between China and Japan intensified Tuesday as two Beijing-sent patrol ships arrived near disputed East China Sea islands in a show of anger over Tokyo's purchase of the largely barren outcroppings from their private owners.

     
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    it would be nice for the Chinese navy to go into some deeper waters further away from their own shores.

    Our attack subs must be getting bored with the lack of practice targets. This will give some captains some ships to screw around with.
     
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    Hey!!....Obama's busy campaigning...Leave him alone!!
     
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    What's it arra `bout, Arfie?...
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    Panetta Warns of War Between China and Japan Over Disputed Islands
    September 17, 2012 – Exchanging warnings but avoiding confrontations thus far, Chinese and Japanese ships have come within less than half a nautical mile of each other in an ongoing dispute over the sovereignty of contested islands.
     
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    Maybe South Korea should focus more attention on the common threat than on having a national hissy-fit over Takeshima.
     
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    ... the Japanese devils are too evil...
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    China protests mix colonial anger, modern dispute
    Sep 18,`12 -- Old wounds amplified outrage over a burning territorial dispute Tuesday as thousands of Chinese protested Tokyo's purchase of islands claimed by Beijing and marked the 81st anniversary of a Japanese invasion that China has never forgotten.
     

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