Chinese Aggression Worrying South Korean Officials

I can’t help but wonder if China intentionally used North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to act as a decoy to gain the attention of the United States and the rest of the world while they ramped up their military prowess.

While Trump and the world was focused on North Korea, China continued construction of their man-made islands and then claim of ownership of the international waters of the South China Sea.

While Trump and the world were focused on North Korea, China was building aircraft carriers and other military weapons.

As a result, we have seen near collision maneuvers of the Chinese Navy made against the US Navy.

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Now it’s being reported that Chinese military aircraft have increased their flying over South Korean airspace raising concerns with South Korean officials.

South China Morning Post – Seoul voices concerns as more Chinese military aircraft spread their wings in South Korean air defence zone – South Korea has voiced its frustration about repeated intrusions into its air defence identification zone by Chinese military aircraft, moves that analysts say reflect Beijing’s opposition to strengthening ties between Seoul, Tokyo and Washington.

South Korean authorities said a Chinese plane, possibly a Shaanxi Y-9 electronic warfare and surveillance aircraft flew into the Korean zone Monday last week without notice. The plane entered near Socotra Rock in the Sea of Japan, or East Sea, at about 11am and flew out and into Japan’s air defence identification zone about 40 minutes later.

The plane re-entered the South Korean air defence zone, near the southeastern city of Pohang, at about 12.43pm. Then it travelled up to South Korea’s Exclusive Economic Zone in the Sea of Japan, cutting between the South Korean mainland and Ulleung island.

It was unusual for a Chinese aircraft to have taken that route. The plane was reported to have left the zone at 3.53pm…

In 2016, there was 60 incidents of Chinese aircraft intruding into South Korea territorial airspace.

In 2017, the number of intrusions increased to 70 and there have been 110 so far this year as of September.

Am I wrong or does the Chinese actions of late mimic some of those taken by Japan in the late 1930s and early 1940s?

They too began expanding their territory and flexed their military muscle, all of which was a precursor to World War II in the Pacific.



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