Japanese have been reacting strongly to reports that China has been secretly “begging” the USA to allow them to temporarily land PLA forces on the disputed Senkaku Islands.
According to comments by US officials reported in the Japanese media, rather than discussing its legion of army hackers attacking US interests or the nuclear antics of North Korea, China’s leaders have been desperately begging the US to countenance them seizing Japanese territory:
The reason [the Sino-American summit at the Sunnylands Ranch] has been brought forward 3 months is because of China’s pleading to the US. President Xi Jinping wants to discuss China’s maritime territorial disputes, especially the dispute over the Senkaku Islands with Japan.
Using various channels, China was desperately begging for America “to let the PLA conduct a temporary landing on the Senkaku Islands,” even going so far as to suggest “it can just be for a day – even 3 hours! We want to work out a way of doing it without bothering the US.” Xi Jinping said he would accept “any condition.”
According to the official, by way of incentive for the US to betray its ally, China has been offering preferential access to Chinese markets, a re-evaluation of its exchange rate and the purchase of more US government bonds.
The US is supposedly having none of it, believing it already has the Chinese at a definite disadvantage:
President Xi’s power base is weak and because he has to accommodate the factions of both Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin he can’t decide on anything. His economic policies have been a succession of failures, and some now believe they are on the verge of an economic meltdown.
In addition, between the TPP and Abe’s independent foreign policy they are facing the prospect of a successful encirclement. The party and the army are on the verge of exploding.
If Xi can’t pull something out soon things will become very dangerous for him.
Amongst Japanese there is outrage at the suggestion that China would try such a thing:
“Did they really think they’d say yes?”
“Just how incompetent is Xi’s leadership to try this?”
“Just asking was wrong. If America went along with it, they’d lose all support amongst the Japanese people.”
“I don’t believe this.”
“If it is true it is awful, but it sounds too shady to be true.”
“I don’t think much of the credibility of this, but it definitely sounds like something the Chinese would try.”
“What good would only 3 hours do?”
“I rather doubt they would leave. America doesn’t have the guts to attack them anyway.”
“A landing would mean war. Do they really want one that much?”
“How could the US expect to let them occupy it? It is Japanese territory!”
“America doesn’t care about that.”
“If they went along with it they’d lose all their Japanese bases and Japan would become militarily independent. Not a great move for China.”
“So if the US allows it they can just land there? The Japanese government may be America’s vassal but I don’t think they would go along with it.”
“The US just has to ignore any landing and Japan is screwed.”
“Sounds like just the sort of thing Obama would do.”
“Were they to allow this the US forces in Japan would soon be expelled…”
“You don’t think we would ever hear about them agreeing to allow it, do you?”