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It is so embarrassing to read or hear China's top military officials sounding so appeasing to the Japanese in the domestic Chinese media, such as warning the public that "war involves loss of lives", as if that was a red line that the public should never cross or do not understand, and that war is a last resort without defining when it in fact becomes the last and only resort, or that China's claim over Diaoyudao is a matter of dispute even when Japan declares its claim is not. |
So, why all these weak-kneed, faint-hearted defense of China's sovereignty by those tasked with its defense? Is it because they know China's claim is bogus? If so, be a hero by declaring in the papers why China should abandon its claim over Dioayudao. And why throw in the bone that Okinawa is a part of Japan at the Shangrila Dialogue when nobody is asking about it? Why wave two white flags when one would suffice?
Did Japan overpay???
If Japan overpaid, then China must be weaker than Japan realized.
And thus, we come to question the REAL battle-readiness of China's much vaunted PLA, PLN, and PLAF. Maybe, just maybe, they are too corrupted internally, too poorly equipped, too badly trained to be effective in even defending a small group of islands a mere 15 minute flight from Chinese bases on the mainland.
Just as the poor miners used a canary in a cage to detect the lack of oxygen in mines where natural gas is seeping into, so too it appears that Diaoyudao may be the best indicator of China's real military strength, its real discipline, and its real loyalty to the country. From events leading to the Shangrila Dialogue, it has appeared that the canary has been ill, and upon its return from Shangrila, needed CPR. It is still alive, but last heard to be in critical condition in an intensive care unit.