Yet, the fact is that China has been busy in the past 12
months flexing its military muscle and bullying American allies
In September 2000, Tokyo issued a formal protest to Beijing
because People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) vessels
entered Japanese territorial waters. According to the Japanese
navy, a Chinese spy ship penetrated inside the international
Tokyo also complained to Beijing that armed Chinese warships,
escorting the spy ship, also breached Japanese territorial
waters during an August PLAN war game.
The incident, according to Japanese military sources, involved a
Chinese "spy" ship equipped with sophisticated electronic
monitoring devices. Chinese navy electronic warfare ships are
operated under the direct command of the People's Liberation
Army Headquarters 4th Department located just outside Beijing.
The Chinese navy war game reportedly raised serious concerns
inside Japanese military circles because it demonstrated that China
intends to blockade Japan during an invasion of Taiwan.
The Chinese spy ship incident is but one of a series of monthly
intrusions into the waters of U.S. allies. The Philippines, a
critical U.S. ally in the Pacific, has suffered the most abuse
at the hands of Beijing.
In March 2001, the Philippine navy forced 10 Chinese vessels
from Scarborough Shoal, a rocky outcrop in the South China Sea.
In order to avoid diplomatic problems, the Philippine navy
forced the vessels to leave instead of seizing them.
According to sources inside the Philippine military, China was
secretly building structures on the shoal. Beijing immediately
issued protests over the incident and claimed that the shoal was
"under its control."
Philippine military officials noted that U.S. forces also
frequently use the shoal as an impact area and gunnery range.
American military forces based at Clark Air Force Base and Subic
Naval Base use the shoal for live bombing exercises, as does the
Philippine air force.
The incident, according to military sources inside Manila, is
part of a secret Beijing operation to neutralize by any means
possible the oldest U.S. ally in the Far East. The Chinese navy
frequently breaches Philippine territorial waters and often
aims radar-seeking missiles at Philippine civil and military
"Beijing is trying to 'Panama' us," stated one source inside the
According to top Philippine intelligence officials, Beijing's
war against the Philippines includes bribery, drugs and
gambling. In March, the Philippines' national security adviser
said, "China is the biggest source of illegal drugs and Chinese
army officers are involved in narcotics trafficking."
U.S. defense analysts agree that the Philippine military is
hardly a match for China's multimillion-man force of ships,
planes and soldiers. Yet, the Philippines acted as a responsible
nation in not holding hostage Chinese soldiers who breached its
China is trying to portray itself as a tiny, benevolent Asian
nation being pushed around by the big bad U.S.A. Our allies in
the Pacific know different by hard experience. Tokyo and Manila
are painfully aware that Beijing is lying. The People's
Liberation Army is holding America hostage.
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