World View: Japan Announces Military Buildup to Counter China
- Arrest in NY of female Indian diplomat raises a major diplomatic altercation
- Japan announces new military buildup to counter China
- John Kerry rebukes China over air identification zone
Arrest in NY of female Indian diplomat raises a major diplomatic altercation
Indian citizens are expressing fury that Devyani Khobragade, an Indian diplomat, was arrested by New York City police last Thursday on
charges of having submitted fraudulent visa paperwork, and for paying
her nanny about 1/3 of the minimum wage. In her visa papers,
Khobragade said she would pay her nanny $4,500 a month, but actually
paid the nanny $573.07 a month. If found guilty, Khobragade faces a
maximum sentence of ten years for visa fraud and five years for making
false statements. India is invoking diplomatic immunity, which the
district attorney is contesting.
The anger in India is over the manner Khobragade was allegedly
treated: According to reports, she was arrested and handcuffed in
front of her daughter while dropping her off at school, and then she
was taken to the police station, where she was strip-searched and
forced to remain in a cell with drug dealers for several hours.
American officials say this is standard procedure for everyone.
India's government is taking harsh retaliatory measures against
U.S. diplomats in Delhi. The government is demanding the return of
special identification cards, and has already removed the barricades
protecting the American embassy, evidently seeking to invite a car
bomb attack on the embassy.
Some officials are demanding that gay partners of American diplomats
be arrested, as homosexuality is illegal in India. India is seeking
an unconditional apology. Times of India and CS Monitor
Japan announces new military buildup to counter China
Japan has announced a plan to change its military strategy from
"pacifism" to "proactive pacifism," and to increase defense spending
and transform its military from a largely land-based force to a new
amphibious assault force. The shopping list includes twenty-eight
F-35 stealth fighters, 17 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft, 52 amphibious
assault vehicles, and 99 light combat vehicles.
Japan's military buildup plans come in response to China. China has
quadrupled its defense budget in the last ten years, has claimed vast
areas of the South and East China Seas, including regions that have
historically belonged to other countries, has threatened to use its
vast military power to take some of these areas by force, and has been
harassing Japanese ships around the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, which are
governed by Japan. Japan News and
John Kerry rebukes China over air identification zone
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rebuked China for unilaterally
setting up an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China
Sea ( "24-Nov-13 World View -- In new escalation, China demands to control air space over Japan's Senkaku islands").
In the ADIZ announcement in November, China
demanded that all aircraft must identify themselves or their flight
plans before entering the zone--or else face military consequences.
Kerry's statement criticized China's ADIZ in the East China Sea, and
also warned China not to announce an additional ADIZ in the South
So we’re not suggesting that we’re doing something
out of the ordinary here. We don’t want anything except a
rule-of-law approach to the resolution of any issues and
conflicts. So when you say what do we want from China, we would
hope to continue to work closely with China, as we are on North
Korea and other issues – trade and so forth – in an effort to try
to resolve these kinds of differences or questions in a peaceful
way. We believe there is a structure that exists – the Law of the
Sea structure, an arbitration process. We have not taken a
position on the particular claims asserted by anybody. We have
taken a position on the way that we think they should be
resolved. So we support arbitration and we support rule of law. We
do not support unilateral actions that have the impact of being
provocative and raising the temperature and potential conflict.
So we are not approaching this with any particular view towards
China except to say when China makes a unilateral move, we will
state our position and make clear what we agree or disagree with,
and that’s what we’ve done with respect to the ADIZ. We do not
accept it. We think it is – there’s a way to approach it. A
country has a right to establish an ADIZ. But it has to be done
through a process of consultation, work with the International
Aviation Organization, and in a way that other nations are
consulted and work with it. And we think that’s the best way to
proceed, and I think most countries in the world believe that’s
the best way to proceed.
The statement was made during a press conference in Manila, the
Philippines. State Dept.
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