Things are getting rather dicey in Southeast Asia , Japan has issued orders to shoot down foreign drones in its airspace, and China has vowed war if Japan shoots down Chinese drones.
Last week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave orders to the Defense Ministry to shoot down any foreign drones that ignore warnings to leave Japanese airspace.
According to Chinese state-run media Xinhua, “Geng said that if Japan took the so-called moves, it would be a severe provocation to China and an act of war, and China will take resolute measures to strike back.” “If they do shoot down a drone, then that’s an act of war by the Japanese.
He believes the Japanese will uphold orders to shoot down a Chinese drone if China tests the Japanese resolve.
Following the Japanese orders to shoot down Chinese drones in its airspace, on Monday China sent four coastguard vessels to the disputed waters.
The same day, China’s state-run Global Times wrote, “China has not been involved in war for a long time but a war looms following Japan’s radical provocation.”
For China to sacrifice everything “for the sake of three rocks—that would be one for the records.”–Edward Luttwak, senior associate at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.