BEIJING, March 15 (ChinaMil) -- It is reported that the Philippines announced March 9 to lease five trainer aircraft from Japan to patrol the South China Sea in order to protect its territorial sovereignty.
Yin Zhuo, director of the PLA Navy Advisory Committee on Cyber-security and IT Application, commented on Japan's frequent trouble-making in the South China Sea recently during an interview with the Global Times.
According to Yin Zhuo, Japan took this move to "kill several birds with one stone". First, it entered the South China Sea onboard the U.S. "ship" in hopes of legalizing its position in that region and making it legal for the Japanese Self-defense Force (JSDF) to get on the international stage.
Second, a more important purpose of Japan is to undermine the relation between China and ASEAN and expand its economic market in the South China Sea.
Last year the trade volume between China and ASEAN reached US$480 billion, more than double the trade volume between Japan and ASEAN. The "anxiety" over economic issues gives Japan the same goal as the United States, which is to sever the economic connection between China and ASEAN with security issues and weaken the momentum of China's economic development.
Third, Japan also wants to use the South China Sea issue as an excuse to earn public support for constitutional revision because that's the best way to make Japanese people hate China and propagandize the "China threat theory".