Pyongyang, January 23 (KCNA) -- The situation remains very tense in Northeast Asia.
The political and military stand-off is growing ever more acute between China and Japan, in particular.
On Jan. 9 several Chinese fighters and those of the "Self-Defense
Forces" of Japan flew close to each other in the air over the Strait of
These encounters of fighters of the two countries pushed the situation in the region to a touch-and go-situation.
As regards Japan's protest against the above-said incident, the
Chinese military clarified its stand that it is a "routine drill" and
"Japan seems to be not accustomed to such drill as the Chinese People's
Liberation Army conducts a few similar rehearsals."
The Chinese side openly claims that "China may go as it pleases and
there is no need to discuss with Japanese what it does there."
Japan does not hide the fact that it targets China, stepping up its
moves for militarization after building legal and institutional
mechanisms for meeting the requirements of a "war state."
The U.S. is becoming evermore undisguised in its provocative
military moves to contain China politically and militarily in the
It has deployed the bulk of its strategic nuclear force in the
region pursuant to its scenario for dominating Asia-Pacific. It is
putting spurs to rounding off the triangular military "cooperation"
involving the U.S., south Korea and Japan and its arms buildup.
Owing to the above-said moves, the situation in Northeast Asia is
inching close to such dangerous phase that a nuclear war may break out
and rendering the arms race in the region fiercer.
The reality goes to prove that the tension is escalating in the
region not because of the DPRK's measures for bolstering up its
capability for self-defence but due to the U.S. provocative muscle
flexing and scramble among regional powers for sphere of influence in
The on-going scramble is not comparable with the conflict in the
last century due to the persistence of the strategies and the level of
the modern forces involved.
Whenever the DPRK took a measure for self-defence, some countries
demanded any action deteriorating the situation be halted as if
something serious happened. Now they had better find logical words to