Chinese General blasts at US-Japan on territorial issues

Japanese Premier Abe criticised Beijing's behaviour in the region's territorial disputes, especially the South China Sea.

By: Press Trust of India | Singapore | Updated: June 1, 2014 2:28 pm
wang-m The Lieutenant General Wang Guanzhong said that the remarks by Abe and Hagel were ‘unacceptable and not in the spirit of this Shangri-La Dialogue’. ( Source: AP )

A top Chinese General on Sunday accused Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe and US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel of “coordinating” and “supporting” each other in their “provocative” remarks targeted at China at the Shangri-La Dialogue here.

Lieutenant General Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief of Staff of the People’s Liberation Army, said Abe and Hagel had made “unwanted criticisms against China” which was “unacceptable”.

Speaking at the 13th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Asia Security Summit at the Dialogue on Sunday, Lt Gen Wang, heading the Chinese delegation, deviated halfway through his prepared speech and said the criticism by Abe and Hagel was “completely out of my expectation.”

In his keynote address at the opening of the Dialogue on Friday, Abe had outlined his vision for a more robust Japanese role in the region’s peace and security, arguing that no country could secure peace on its own in a complex new  environment.

Abe did not directly name China in his address but criticised Beijing’s behaviour in the region’s territorial disputes, especially the South China Sea.

Speaking at the same forum, Hagel denounced China’s “destabilising, unilateral actions asserting its claims in the South China Sea.”

“In recent months, China has undertaken destabilising, unilateral actions asserting its claims in the South China Sea,” Hagel said in his speech on Saturday.

Responding on Sunday, Lt Gen Wang hit back at the Japanese Premier for his veiled comments, and said that “it is better to be more direct”, in reference to Mr Hagel’s blunt remarks.

“This is simply unimaginable,” said Wang, the highest ranking military official in the Chinese delegation, adding that the speeches were “unacceptable and not in the spirit of this Shangri-La Dialogue”.

“The speeches made by Mr Abe and Mr Hagel gave me the impression that they coordinated with each other, they supported each other, they encouraged each other and they took the advantage of speaking first… and staged provocative actions and challenges against China,” he said.

“Hagel’s speech was full of hegemony, full of words of threat and intimidation. It was a speech to about destabilising factors to create trouble and make provocations.

It was not a constructive speech,” the Chinese General said.

“China has never taken the first step to provoke troubles,” Lt Gen Wang said, referring to territorial and maritime disputes Beijing has with several neighbouring states, including Vietnam and the Philippines.

“China has only forced to respond to provocative action by other parties,” he added.

The Lieutenant General said remarks by Abe and Hagel had gone against the spirit of constructive discussion of the Shangri-La Dialogue.

“Who is actually making provocations and creating trouble and differences? Who is being assertive?” he asked.

Wang said he preferred Hagel’s directness by directly naming China, compared to Abe who did not mention any country.

China is locked in maritime territorial disputes with some Southeast Asian countries over waters in the South China Sea.

China and Japan also contest some islands in the East China Sea.

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    Simon Phay
    Jun 1, 2014 at 9:29 am
    世界, 这是一个美丽的星期天, 大家早上好 ( 你们有何看法; 国际海洋法还无承认这是中国大陆土匪强盗国家的领海? 中国大陆土匪强盗国家严重侵犯了越南的主权, 也严重侵犯了世界各地的领海. 这种傲慢轻视别人, 对世界各地是一种挑衅, 也蓄意引起令国的争斗. 一个野心勃勃的邪恶, 所谓的世界道高一尺, 土匪强盗就魔高一丈, 它们是邪恶歪道的领导者, 它们的脑袋不是人类而是邪魔的灵魂. 对于人类的社会一切事物的总和, 这些不幸的对世界各地的社会来说却是一场挑衅和斗争. ) 中国大陆土匪强盗国家. 今贼臣作乱, 把石油钻井平台迁移到越南的门口, 关于中国大陆土匪强盗竞争的领土要求的关系, 中国在越南专属经济区部署石油钻机是一种严重侵犯了越南的主权. 成功地实现中国大陆土匪强盗照着境遇思想言行当然要迁移, 当然会有所以迁移的道理. 土匪强盗为了要显显他的本领, 不断扩大的海洋野心, 严重侵犯了越南的主权. 中国大陆土匪强盗主义的社会, 主要进步的思潮, 脑海里涌现的念头. 就因为内外两面, 都和世界的时代思潮合流. 人与人之间的含义深刻, 站在你面前的人, 它会对你怎样, 你也不知道, 或一个你熟悉的人, 它下一步计划是什么, 你也不知道. 土匪就是強盜, 產生無端罪惡, 就象徵者天上鳥類看到烏鴉自然的會遠離高飛. 地上動類自然看到野狼的兇惡殘暴會躲藏退讓它. 水里動類就像那鱷魚大小通吃, 不留餘地”人類土匪強盜便可怕, 作惡多端, 手段欺騙可不留情, 万变不离其宗. 一意孤行的邪惡, 存心不善对邪惡来说人間天堂, 用心一世, 从开國元老, 元帅, 包括國家主席都受到手段欺騙可不留情思想行为, 一不做,二不休. 一朝天子一朝臣, 一统天下. 針對都不理想背景下, 一種族主義者上升, 都必須面對不同程度, 這只是名利和地位深刻性的冰山一角, 自古英雄誰無死. 为了维护世界的稳定和安全, 社会秩序和方便舒适的环境, 为着一定的理想地实现世界和社会经济安全和防务的目标. 世界各地必须团结起来, 打倒中国大陆土匪强盗国家.
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    Bill
    Jun 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm
    Abe is not qualify to lead Asia as he will not bring peace but war. See what this liar Abe did: 1. Deny Tokyo Trial 2. Deny comfort women 3. Deny WWII war crimes 4. Changing consution for imperail army return and bring back evil emperor to be head of States. 5. Openly admitted himself an extreme right member in front of UN. 6. Increase military spending even under US protection. 7. Worshipped the ghostly WWII war criminals Shrine as an great insult to all WWII victims. There is no hero there. 8. Keeping the stolen islands that is not belong to an which JP needs to return to China after WWII defeat. 9. Changing school text and put incorrect history to school children. 10. Still not repent from WWII compare with Germany which is much much better than an. 11. Hiding the nuclear weapon materials which violates the consution. Now return to US becasue under US pressure. 12. U.S. alarmed about plutonium stockpile growing from Rokkasho plant. 13. Lying to the w world saying China digital military spending in past years. Compare in 2013 military spending, an is 40 % of China and China is 30% of US. 14. Showing Abe is a two faced man. One saying an needs to improve China relationship but on the other hand trying to contain China with other countries. 15. Family backgound: Abe is from the famous WWII war criminal family member. His gfather Kishi ws a key cabinet member of the evil imperial an army.Abe and his ally fault going to ultranationalist direction making anger of neighbouring countries. In fact, Abe’s objective is to bring back the lost glory of the evil imperial an army.
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    Peace for
    Jun 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm
    Abe the ape , two faced dwarf paired with the Hunger the wolf. Planned attack on a gentle lamb. We the peace loving world rather having our beloved lamb than two aggressive s Abe and Hanger.
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    Girish
    Jun 1, 2014 at 9:19 am
    poor jovial china! if only all its neighbours were decently quiet and not such complaining lowlifes!
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    JMS
    Jun 1, 2014 at 10:12 am
    “China has never taken the first step to provoke troubles. China has only forced to respond to provocative action by other parties". -Gen. WangSo who the is making trouble? Take off China off the scene and the world becomes a peaceful place to live in.
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    King Kung
    Jun 1, 2014 at 9:20 am
    All Indians should note Singapore as their fair weather friend... you csn see for yourself Singapore s even handedness...
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    disqus_58aVR7S45y
    Jun 1, 2014 at 10:02 am
    Why this remark by a Chinese official does not surprise me at all.... Never yet seen the country of China or met a Chinese person who can accept responsibility for their own actions. Not saying they don't exist, but I would put it on par with finding a good set of canines recently pulled from a Dodo bird! And to counter some expected replies...I have met many over my long life and currently still reside in Asia and the many Asian people I come in contact with from various countries in Asia, pretty much all state that China is the cause of most of the friction happening here these days, shame that they are the only ones who can't see it.
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    socrateos
    Jun 2, 2014 at 2:15 am
    "Who is actually making provocations and creating trouble and differences? Who is being ertive?” he askedIt's so obvious to the w world except to Chinese communist party, it seems.
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