Japan scrambles fighters for China plane

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A Japan Coast Guard’s patrol boat, third from the top, and a Taiwanese patrol boat, 4th from the top, discharge water each other near disputed islands called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. AP FILE PHOTO

TOKYO – Japan scrambled eight fighter jets on Thursday after a Chinese state-owned plane breached its airspace for the first time, over islands at the centre of a dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.

It was the first incursion by a Chinese state aircraft into Japanese airspace anywhere since the country’s military began monitoring in 1958, the defense ministry said.

The move marks a ramping-up of what observers suggest is a Chinese campaign to create a “new normal” — where its forces come and go as they please around islands which Beijing calls the Diaoyus, but Tokyo controls as the Senkakus.

It also comes as ceremonies mark the 75th anniversary of the start of the Nanjing Massacre, when Japanese Imperial Army troops embarked on an orgy of violence and killing in the then-Chinese capital.

F-15 jets were mobilized after a Chinese Maritime Surveillance aircraft ventured over the islands just after 11 am (0200 GMT), Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters.

“It was a fixed-wing Y-12 aeroplane belonging to the Chinese State Oceanic Administration. We confirmed that this aeroplane flew in our country’s airspace,” he said.

“It is extremely regrettable. We will continue to resolutely deal with any act violating our country’s sovereignty, in accordance with domestic laws and regulations.”

The Y-12 is a twin-turboprop.

Japan mobilized eight F-15 jets and an E2C early-warning aircraft, the Asahi Shimbun reported, citing a defence ministry source. But the incident appeared to have passed off without any direct confrontation.

In Beijing, China’s foreign ministry termed the flight as normal.

“China’s maritime surveillance plane flying over the Diaoyu islands is completely normal,” said spokesman Hong Lei.

“China requires the Japanese side to stop illegal activities in the waters and airspace of the Diaoyu islands,” Hong said, adding they were “China’s inherent territory since ancient times”.

The coastguard said its regular patrol had spotted the plane.

“At about 11:06 am today (Thursday), a patrol boat from the Japan Coast Guard confirmed the flight of a fixed-wing aeroplane, which belongs to the Chinese Oceanic Administration, in our country’s airspace around Uotsuri Island. It was confirmed at a point about 15 kilometres south of Uotsuri,” said a statement.

“The patrol boat immediately informed the fixed-wing aircraft: ‘Fly without intruding into our country’s airspace’. It replied to the effect that ‘this is China’s airspace’.”

The State Oceanic Administration is part of the Ministry of Land and Resources. Its roles include law enforcement in Chinese waters.

Chinese government ships have moved in and out of waters around the islands for more than two months, but there have been no reports of any airborne action.

Four maritime surveillance vessels were logged there earlier in the day, the coast guard said, adding it had ordered them to leave.

Such confrontations have become commonplace since Japan nationalised the East China Sea islands in September, a move it insisted amounted to nothing more than a change of ownership of what was already Japanese territory.

But Beijing reacted with fury, with observers saying the riots that erupted across China had at least tacit backing from the Communist Party government.

China says 300,000 civilians and soldiers died in a spree of killing, rape and destruction in the six weeks after the Japanese military entered Nanjing on December 13, 1937.

Some foreign academics put the number of deaths lower, including China historian Jonathan Spence who estimates that 42,000 soldiers and citizens were killed and 20,000 women raped, many of whom later died.

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  • stfu_moron

    pag dito ginawa ng china yan..tuwang tuwa pa mga pilipino nyan at may kaka way kaway pa…lol

  • quphal

    bakbakan na!!!

  • bugoybanggers

    Ilang beses na itong nangyayari na ang mga eroplano ng CHINA, balik paroon sa teritoryo ng Pilipinas (Panatag at Spratly), ano nakita ba o napuna ba ng Philippine Airforce? Wala naman talaga tayong sapat na radar para ma monitor natin ang area at yung sa atin pang Airport lang. Ano na ba talaga ang estado ng kaawa-awang PILIPINAS? Puro nalang RH Bill, eh ano ba talaga seryuso ba sila sa katayuan ng BANSA?

    • chingnarciso

      bakit hindi gamitin ang mga nag rarally[kung may pumupuntang mga kano sa pilipinas] na taga tngin sa itaas  para makita nila ang mga intruders na  mga Chinese. [parang radar]. wala pa ang mga kano ay naghahanda na sila…bwesit na mga tao…

    • GARDANBOY

      NOKOR,launches rocket en fell into waters 340kilometers east of Luzon??? sa CNN pa nila nalaman na bumagsak na pla  ung rocket???testing ground ng NOkor rocket ang pinas???helloooo…………………………SOkor,JAPS, en US,monitoring this,en PHIL.doing nothing.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    Japan could only scramble eight fighter jets?

    If that had happened in our airspace, the Philippine Air Force could have scrambled dozens upon dozens. . . . .of eggs. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FDQSOEIJAP3NWFOD6LT2XMCTUI Filibusterismo

      philippines can easily scramble the finest among our military officers namely Ligot, Rabusa, Honasan, Garcia, Reyes,. those military officers can scramble a squadron of paper planes in a quick notice…

  • joboni96

    yan ang laro ng bully

    dapat ng ma neutralize
    nuclear weapons ng intsik switik

    pag wala mga iyan
    pupulbusin na naman ng hapon
    mga intsik switik militaristic expansionists

    kailangan ng maging david

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Japan should have blasted that intruder into smithereens.

    Sad that our Navy or Air Force cannot do same response as Japan’s.

    • pepito gwaps

      Filipinos scrambled eggs upon knowing China plane is at disputed islands…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

      Still looking for the balls they lost after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  • opinyonlangpo

    One fixed wing aeroplane from China against eight F-15 fighter planes of Japan is an overkill. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/THRDK7REM6N5UL6NUSLE5FOHBI angogay

      That is testing the preparedness of the Japanese.  That innocent looking plane is a trial baloon.  Who knows what the Chinese will do next.  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AFMPJUN2MD252PZUKVRYCTCKB4 Tadyak

       And do you think China will not pee on their pants after that? Unlike us, we sent our d wan en onli warship, whats the answer? more-warship-to-come China. They are just testing the water how individual country will react as they are preparing their grand attack on 2015. And to the date, we are the number one candidate to eat up like a rabbit….

      • opinyonlangpo

        Good luck.

  • tomcatters

    fake su-27s vs f15s  hmmmm

  • tomcatters

    i do hope we have purchased atleast a squadron of brand new f16s..though theres a lot of discussions that we can hardly afford in short term(budget and training)..but if theres really a will theres always a way..hmmm

    • GARDANBOY

       agree???

  • yonoh

    talo ang mga intsik dyan kasi mga imitation lang yong mga eroplano nila……..kinopya lang hhahahahahah

    • GARDANBOY

       so,is this a joke,make sense???

  • JOSE RIZAL

    wiithout russia and china nukes, the zionists would already had the world depopulated. maybe no asians left. only jew and selected europeans only.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

      Are you an antisemite? Perhaps you should change your handle to “Hitler”.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/A3B5B7CAS25M3OSQSEBXPKDEIU zafirol

        The US was the first nation to acquire A bomb and it was used only on Japan to forced them to surrender in WW2.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

        Who is doing the extermination in Palestine?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FDQSOEIJAP3NWFOD6LT2XMCTUI Filibusterismo

      Jose Rizal are you a convert to pisslam. You should read history boy.. your name should be Mo ha mad..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYITA5V33GYZSLC3G37UCVNTKA Ben

    Chinese consider it as normal, I believe Japan should level up by arresting the repeat offenders. Force the airplane to land, and or board Chinese ships for inspection and if needed arrest…let us see if they will consider it as the new normal. 

  • Rolly257

    China is flexing its muscles by intimidating Japan. Japan countered vigorously, saying, try me.

  • jinx

    Japan’s military is not as powerful as China.  As usual, these coward communists pick only on smaller and weaker (militarily) nations.

    • g219h

      What? Japan’s military power is second to US .

      Let the Chinese continue to think that they are more powerful so they will fall flat when they realize they are wrong.

  • To_Be_Continued

    Chinese monkey Hong Lei said:  “Diaoyu islands were China’s inherent territory since ancient times.”

    Reminds me of Hitler’s belief that the Aryan race is the perfect race.

    The melody is the same. Only the lyrics were changed.

    I will not be surprised if, one day, after the US and Japan flatten china in the event of an all out war, the chinese leaders behind this expansionist scheme will blow their brains off–like Hitler and his mindless ilks.

    History has an eerie way of ending nightmarish dreams of grandeur of psychotic leaders.

  • Marcos5

    FREE TIBET NOW !

    Mao’s Great Purge : 36 million people were persecuted, of whom between 750,000 and
    1.5 million were killed, with roughly the same number permanently
    injured

    TIBET : 6,000 monasteries destroyed by PLA. 790,000 people were persecuted.22,900 were beaten to death and 120,000 were maimed

    “A Red Guard crushes the crucifix, Buddha, and classical Chinese texts with his hammer; 1967″

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/THRDK7REM6N5UL6NUSLE5FOHBI angogay

    China did it again.  What can the world really expect from that country?  Hegemony? Proving that they have become rich and can do all things.  That is not good.  All things come to an end.  The wealth will one day disappear as history always repeats itself.  Other countries become rich but do not bully its neighbors.  If the basis of ownership is history, then there shall not be North and South Korea.  We must learn to respect internaional laws, not insist on historical ownership.  Come on….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/THRDK7REM6N5UL6NUSLE5FOHBI angogay

    Japan had all these years was the second largest economy but the Japanese did not use their wealth to bully weaker and poorer countries.  For the first time, China overtook Japan as the second largest economy.  Now look at what the Chinese are doing.  People of world, wait and see what China will do when they overtake the United States.  At the least the US has compassion and they help poor countries.

    • INQ_reader

      In Japan constitution, the military budget is limited down to around 1% of their overall budget.

    • http://www.facebook.com/wescutin William James Escutin

      Who told you that US has compassion? Look at Iraq, Afghanistan, and other torn war regions… If American presence could not be found there, I agree with you… US has vested interest in the whole world… They know each country’s weak point so we are easily blinded of their greed… I don’t trust superpowers… As long as they  have power, they will remain evil… They need more power to get stronger and stronger… What are left behind, are those underdeveloped…

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/TRUL7WO4HJPGNVCKIHP4PTZGX4 Mark

        Whether its China or US, they are the same, they want power

      • GARDANBOY

         so,who are you going to choice,if they take ww3???

      • GARDANBOY

         so,if you don’t trust superpower???who are you going to trust if china take ww3???en if china insist to take your native land???are you willing to depends your country en die, then be a hero???di ba US ang nagbigay ng kalayaan sa pilipinas???na overlook yata???

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7C3GEWHR7XBMEK4HIJPMDSRYPQ Justin

        The current world affairs has been shaped-up by individual or collaborative effort of countries with stable politics, mighty military and plenty of cash and technology to keep up their dominance and protect their interest, in the name of freedom, human rights, religion and national patrimony. Do you think Philippines or even you as normal Filipino citizen, if given a chance to lead this country at whatever current level of knowledge you have, will ever sit down and rest at your laurels and leave your national interest fix for itself have you had those elements as mentioned above? Definitely no, as politics is governed by human beings, and human beings are governed by their emotions and level of greed, there is no way we can say we don’t want to be aligned with or be within  the sphere of influence with the bigger mighty superpowers. Its just a matter of choice my friend, whether we choose the Unstable, Confused & Manipulative Corrupted China as a challenger or the Struggling Overstretched and Self Vested Interest US with no in between. Its a choice from either of the two to protect our national interest, while we work how to fix our domestic problems compounded by the international and cross border events in a globalized world of economics and distribution of resources.

        Let us not be too leftist in our views but rather focus on a bigger picture and make our choice..by that, we do a service to our country if we think along that way as we are not encapsulated by this current world order……

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BJDHYTRF4O2EQF26RPUNC5NPUY Riza

        There may be a lot of countries who doesn’t like US, but in reality, the World would prefer a US or West dominated world as compare to a Chinese or Communist one. The US gives back to the world WAAAY MORE than the Chinese could ever dream of, the Chinese only think of themselves when it comes to this kind of matter, what they want is to only take, take, take. The US takes and give back. And oh, surely, the world will never allow a country notorious on pollution, drug trafficking, human rights violation, animal cruelty, terrible counterfeiting in the name of money and totally neglects health safety, I could go on, to dominate let alone get to the level of the West. It will never happen. Dragon they say? China only has “quantity” but they so lack “quality.” A country with no quality will never rule or dominate this world. 

      • antonioluna

        Yes to US bases here in the philippines! hahaha

  • INQ_reader

    “…China’s inherent territory since ancient times…”

    There was a time during ancient times when Mongolia occupied roughly the whole of China. Does this mean that China is Mongolian territory?

  • BatangSingapore

    takot pala ang china makipag gera hahaha.

  • kapatad

    Sana pinahabol ng japan ng isang heat seeking missile ang eroplano ng china.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T5EQG5T54JC6TQOOKJSCU6MQJQ Diego

    putragis na mga Intsik yan! mga gahaman at mang-aagaw ng teritoryo.

  • joerizal

    In the meantime, the Philippines scrambles to run and take cover.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

    Tirahin na agad. Wag na papormahin.

  • rinom

    Chinese leaders want to do it to divert attention because they know young Chinese wants reform, and are in great danger of a peaceful revolution, 6 to 10 years from now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FDQSOEIJAP3NWFOD6LT2XMCTUI Filibusterismo

    Harry Hamas israel is only defending itself it’s the palestinians that openly declaring extermination of israel maybe you should live with those hamas and fatah and you will experience those barbaric creatures.

  • Edryle Bryan Charl Dimpas

    kj

  • Lapu Lapu

    THE THIRD WORLD WAR WILL BE FOCUSED ON CHINESE UNSTOPPABLE AGGRESSION.

    CHINA VS REST OF THE WORLD

    THE RESULT? COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF CHINA 

  • 我恨中国人

    Today is the 75th anniversary of the Rape of Nanking. Happy Nanking massacre day!

  • noyab

    meanwhile pinoys takes scrambled eggs and takes cover…he ha ha….ang yabang natin lalo na si Trillanes……wala naman tayong pwedeng ilaban but 1 squadron lang ng pedicab…..ahuy ano ba yan…..

  • noyab

    sa Pinas daw ang Scarborough…yes agree but sa panaginip na lang…kasi di na makapasok duon ang filipino fishermen natin….ha ha ha…..

  • 我恨中国人

    Saan na comment ko?

  • 我恨中国人

    Sabi ko today is the 75th anniversary of the rape of Nanjing. Happy Nanjing massacre day!

  • http://twitter.com/drachir888 Drachir Metal

    If there will be a WORLD WAR 3, it will be started by CHINA. China is just a BULLY.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    When china invades Japan airspace, Japan mobilized F-15 fighters jets. When china invades Philippines airspace, Philippines mobilized tora-tora plane at ng makarating na sa lugar ay nakauwi na pala yung mga intruders na piloto at natutulog na!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/XKU4GCQM63BOFSHY5UCZYE3DUQ .

       funny and sad but true! haha

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BAPZTEPTRM4JTU6YFSIKOUDA7I shallabhe Escupolo

        If you are a pilipino..please kindly contribute the fruitfull and wise openion.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/BAPZTEPTRM4JTU6YFSIKOUDA7I shallabhe Escupolo

      Be positive kabayan. Yes tama ka but that is not a point where we bow to agressor like china.

      • kalikasanipagtanggol

         if you don’t know constructive criticism then you must try to learn!

      • pinoyobserver

        You are deluding yourself if you think you are being constructive.

        Your thinking is pathetic and self defeating.  We need Filipinos who understand but are resolute in face of long odds. Mga katulad mo ang Makapili nuong panahon ng Hapon.

  • Garo Ungaro

    China is testing the cold waters…they will make it hot waters later…what happens in Taiwan..Mainland China already annex Taiwan as a province same as what they did to Hong Kong…and Tibet…they’re all now Mainland china provinces…next in line to be annex Vietnam Cambodia already in the process peacefully thru aids..Burma…Laos and Thailand..the Philippines maybe the first one because of the needs for natural resources under the south china sea…Mainland China only annex this nations and declare them as a province of China. they’re in that process now…as China products is being use to invade first and thru their local chinese merchants counterparts using them as proxy in legally entering a country…they project themselves as legal chinese merchant doing business in that country…they are all over the world now..ASIA is the first line…as buffers and safety nets…Mainland China has to be check…

  • lennonpaul

    a bully…global in magnitude.

  • g219h

    The Japs should have shot the plane down!

    Unacceptable behavior by the Chinese MUST BE STOPPED.
     

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

      pag nangyari un world war 3 na

      • g219h

         Yep, think ahead….will the Chinese be allowed to be offensive? How to stop this? through diplomatic channels that the Chinese continues to refuse?

        The end game is war, unfortunately.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JSD7JYR5VW5M7JEXBG24QXG2IA james

    Baka dito sa Pinas eh araw-araw na pinasok tayo nga eroplano ng china.. d nga natin ma detect yang mga ordinary plane pano pa kaya ang stealth jet ng china…Sarangola lang gamitin ng Pinas panglaban sa mga tsikwa…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYITA5V33GYZSLC3G37UCVNTKA Ben

    I support Japan to re-arm herself with known reserve of plutonium grade nuke materials they stored in the UK alone to build 7500 nuclear missiles just one can level Peking city, this will surely maintain peace and give assurance that China will restrain itself ( I like to call her it, since it is a dragon with black motive) to launch a first strike if there is an ability for Japan to deliver a mutual assured destruction of China. I support Japan to remove her pacifist clause in their constitution and place more of these nuke in their ultra quiet submarines spread out in the sea, I strongly support them to develop their ultra-modern aircraft carrier with robots managing its defenses, navigation and its local air traffic. When that happens they can actually help the filipinos to build up her self-defenses more and assure us also of their protective nuclear umbrella, but the Philippines must develop her own as our contribution to the allied countries against China`s increasingly frequent bullying…Japan should one day force any Chinese airplane violating their airspace to teach this bully a lesson of its own making if they continue to ignore Japan`s warning and force land it in their country and apprehend the pilot to show China that they mean business, the same with their maritime vessels and let use see how China will react to a confident, self-assertive but battle tested Japan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    The Chinese angrily remember the “Rape of Nanking”.  China hates Japan the most more than any other country in the world.  If Chinese plane enters our territories which they already did in the past, would our military respond as prompt?  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

      wave the white flag!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7RFIF3RZOLMXTVBEM5R2ZCC2TI Lemuel

    If we Filipinos dont all get our acts together and internalize patriotism and bring back the bayanihan spirit then our Home will be invaded if not pulverized by these strong nation. We are so busy with our domestic quarels and divisive ways that we don’t realize there’s a real threat out our country. We have our rebels and terrorists brothers killing our own “kadugo”. Maybe we need some catastrophic invasion from other countries so we revive our nationalistic ways, like in world war II. WAKE UP, WAKE UP PINOYS. SHAPE UP SHAPE UP. JAIL AND JAIL the perpetrators of corruption that depletes our morals and resources for the DEVELOPMENT FOR OUR WHOLE COUNTRY. Federalism is the way to equal distribution of wealth to all regions, provinces, cities especially munipalities. Itapon ang makasariling interes, ang mga makapili. Republic of the Philippines UNITE NOW and Forever.

  • jolly_baby

    Ah everything is falling into place hahahhahha.. quake.. china bullying and gangnam style.. dec 21 the end of the word! buhahahhahah

  • http://www.facebook.com/Boycott.Made.N.China Val Sor

    This is how to defend our sovereignty folks — scramble 10 fighter jets at a time and fire missles immediately, apologize later. Your territorial integrity is already being raped, and you still play nice?  No! This should be our minimum response too. Anything less is a disservice and lack of real love to country and to the Filipino people.

    • PHtaxpayer

      Uh, hello!  We don’t even have a single fighter jet in our air force, if you could call it that.  Besides even if we had 10 or 20 modern fighter jets, that still wouldn’t be enough as China has the 2nd largest military in the world.  They want us to fire first so they can pulverize us and say we were the aggressors.

      And don’t say we need the Americans because, if you recall from history, the US surrendered the Philippine Islands to the Japanese Imperial Army in 1942.  The US would love to use the PH as an FOB or forward operating base as a buffer to their Pacific base in Hawaii – sacrifice the PH so the US can mobilize for war, if it goes to war with China.  But it is not in the US interest to go to war with their largest economic partner.

      The PH has to play its card well given our geopolitical position and economic security.  We cannot afford our security by going to war with another superpower or allow the PH as a battleground among superpowers – that’s just plain stupid.

  • antonioluna

    Sana tulungan na tayo ng kano laban sa China!

    • CmdrAdobo

      so kung tulungan tayo ng US, panalo ka na?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CXSAKSY3PCRQRSVZH4LOEO2RQ Marko

        Hindi siya ang panalo, ikaw.

      • Crysis_III

        Kung panalo siya, ikaw rin panalo. lahat tayo talo dito..lol

  • wakats

    Both China and Japan have enough nukes to destroy each other many times over.  The first chinese overflight was a test by an unarmed recon plane to determine the kind of Japanese response – and it shows how determined the Japanese to defend its territory in the disputed East China Sea.

    Many observers believe that a shooting war between the two is unlikely at the moment but the incident may spark a new wave of nationalism among the post-war Japanese citizens and may force them to full-scale rearmament. 

  • arpeelazaro

    so China is using that old massacre as an excuse to invade another country’s airspace? makakatikim sila sa mga Hapon. They are a mightier nation than the Philippines. lalaban yan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BTDTZZINW652R2HBHHQNBSL2NU ramn

    rearm Japan.. then fight a common enemy..

  • Felipe Morphyn

    chinese goverment are so very arrogant

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001565433198 Rolly Antonio

    China is very afraid of rearmed Japan – that’s how I read the reaction of the Chinese newspaper, which I think is the stand of their state.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001565433198 Rolly Antonio

    Personally, i would want a rearmed Japan.  Past is past.  And no sovereign country has the right to meddle in the affairs of other sovereign country.  Japan, as a sovereign country, has the right to change its pacifist constitution then rearm itself. 

    A rearmed Japan will make bully China think 7×77 times before doing anything bad in the WPS and East Asia region.

  • $15469930

    China is a big trouble Maker….

  • WTFMFP

    Communist China is the present day Hitler’s Germany.

  • regd

    Relax people, it’s the ussual china rhetoric. They want business. The next stage will be: Buy one take 2? OK?

  • JuanTamadachi

    China like the bully that it is – is continuously pushing and shoving people around, trying to see how far they can go before something breaks. Someday soon they will go too far, as they are bound to, with such a belligerent attitude. Let’s wait and see how this political “game of chicken” goes. As for me, I hope the other powerful countries collectively and firmly stand up to them and put these slit-eyed bullies in their place. I know its a tall order.

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