Sunday, October 07, 2012
East Asia - Arms Race Expected
Today's news are about South Korea intending to increase the radius of application for their medium range missiles from 300 to 800 km. This has become possible after South Korea signed a deal with the U.S. government. While Seoul is explaining that step with the need to reach all areas of North Korea in case of war, South Korea's neighbours Japan and China are not amused as both countries' are now, as well, within the range of missiles from the Southern part of the Korean peninsula. This comes at a time when all East Asian nations (China, Japan, North and South Korea) are involved in some kind of island dispute and are therefore suspiciously observing each other.
The tensions between East Asian countries can be felt in another press report from China confirming an earlier report from Japan about Chinese warships intending to pass through Okinawa waters on their way to the Pacific. The Chinese source People's Network is citing an official report by Japanese defence authorities informing on October 4 that seven Chinese warships had left their seaports the same day between 6 and 7 p.m.. Japanese media published the official news immediately and People's Network in China reacted promptly next day, October 5, saying that all seven vessels would pass Okinawa without leaving international waters. However, pictures included in the Chinese article are not showing Chinese warships but four vessels obviously belonging to Japan's navy: