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This post was edited by abramicus at 2012-12-14 12:53|
Triggering 8 Japanese F-15 fighter jets to respond to its presence by flying around it, warning it, and getting warned in turn that it is they who are the intruders, not the Chinese marine surveillance plane that was carrying out its normal patrolling of the skies over Diaoyudao.
There was no skirmish or near collisions, no bullets or missiles fired, but the incident illustrates how close the two countries are to a real war.
Nor is there any telling if China will send its own fighter jets to its Diaoyudao air space in the future, if the Japanese should send their fighter jets again the next time when the Chinese marine surveillance jet re-enters Diaoyudao.
The date is historically very significant.
It was the day that Japan raped and murdered thousands of Chinese civilians in Nanking, 75 years ago, in 1937, known to the world as the "Rape of Nanking". It was also the day after the first anniversary of the Xian Incident of December 12, 1936, when Marshall Zhang Xueliang arrested his superior commandant, President and Generalissimo Chiang Kaishek, and forced him to unite the Nationalist Party with the CPC and declare war on Japan on July 7, 1937. Unfortunately, this time around, there was no Zhang Xueliang, and Chiang's current day successor, Ma Yingjeou, did nothing to erase the last vestiges of Japanese invasion of China, at Dioayudao. This incident highlights the extreme importance of both sides of the strait joining hands in defeating the Imperial Japanese invaders in the last phase of War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, which will turn into a Thrid Sino-Japanese War regardless of how fearful Taiwan is of Japan, because Japan wants the territory of Taiwan, wants the territory of China, and will not hesitate to use military force if it has to, all over again.