On Wednesday, Japan’s air force scrambled as a Chinese 7-8 early warning aircraft flew past the airspace between Miyako Island and Okinawa in the East China Sea. Japan’s Defence Minister said that it was the first time a Chinese military plane flew over the Okinawa islands and symbolic of China’s military advances.
Itsunori Onodera, the Japanese Defence Minister, said that Chinese naval vessels have been spotted to sail through water passages in the same area. According to him, the region is strategic. Experts believe that the Y-8 plane was conducting electronic surveillance for intelligence gathering.
They also said that the Y-8’s overflight might be a provocation against the Japanese government regarding the tensions surrounding the region.
The Chinese defence ministry said that it was free to fly in international air space, which justifies that they have 12 nautical miles from a country’s coastline based on America’s argument of “freedom of navigation.
The United States plays a pivotal role in the Japanese-Chinese conflict regarding the Senkaku islands, which China claims to be its own territory. The US guaranteed the US-Japan Security treaty if war broke out over the rocky islets. Currently, Japanese soldiers are being trained in the US bases for military exercises, heavily leaning on amphibious assault exercises.
Egyptian Interim President Adly Mansour first addressed the public with his speech Thursday saying that he intends to protect Egypt from unnamed groups who aim to cause chaos in the country. He said that justice will be done for Egypt, including those who intend to cause unnecessary violence.
President Mansour gave his address to Egypt before the Muslim Brotherhood’s promise of protests on Friday could come to pass. Egypt’s military, who overtook Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy for failing to provide fairly for the Egyptians, was deeply concerned with post-coup violence in the country. They have issued a warning for groups that intend to cause unrest during the Muslim Brotherhood’s protests.
Mansour said in his speech that Egypt was going through a “transformative phase” where its political decisions will swerve it towards success or the failure intended by radical groups as they continue their violent activities in the country.
The Interim President reassured the country that he and the government were committed to ensuring security all over the country and that they will not be “shaken” by political and terrorist factions to “preserve the revolution”.
However, the Muslim Brotherhood and other pro-Morsi parties do not recognize Adly Mansour as the Interim President. Many continue to believe that the military intends to retake the government using Mansour as the representative of Egyptian Military Chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.
Interim President Adly Mansour’s proposed timetable was vehemently rejected by the Muslim Brotherhood and the NSF or National Salvation Front because would set Egypt back to where it started years ago.
On Tuesday, the transitional administration placed Hazem el-Beblawi as its Prime Minister and appointed liberal opposition chief and Nobel Peace laureate Mohammed el-Baradei as vice president for foreign relations.
The Brotherhood dismissed the transition timetable because it would take Egypt back to zero; the country’s state after Hosni Mubarak stepped down.
The timetable was published after the army opened fire on people outside the elite Republican Guard’s headquarters in Cairo on Monday.
The timetable indicated holding parliamentary elections by 2014, five months to amend the current draft constitution on hold because of Egyptian President Morsy’s arrest, its ratification and then parliamentary elections. The process indicates that it would need 210 days to put up constitution and government.
The NSF complained that it was not consulted when the charter was made and in a statement, said that it also rejected the constitutional decree.
Egypt’s military also issued a warning that the interim government is the legitimate government and anybody who would “endanger the people of the country” and who disrupts the transition process would face great consequences