Senior generals in the People’s Liberation Army and their counterparts in the Republic of China seem to be having a competition to see who can make the most insanely aggressive statement regarding the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands conflict. The timing of these statements is especially worrying considering that government ministers responsible for reigning in the PLA are probably on holiday at the moment.
Major General Luo Yuan suggests an historical alliance between PRC and ROC armed forces in defence of the territory of their “common Chinese ancestors”:
Even though most of the retired generals I met told me that the time of direct cooperation has not arrived yet, they still agreed that we could fight against a common enemy.
General Luo even has a snappy name for his potential new war (before it devolves into WWIII presumably), the “People’s War at Sea”:
There are only 117 vessels in the Japan Coast Guard, and there can’t be more than 450 ships in the entire fleet. If we mobilize more than 1,000 fishing boats from mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao to fight maritime guerrilla warfare against Japan, it would be impossible for them to catch all of our boats.
Luo pointed to WWII as precedent for such cooperation between China and its Taiwanese “renegade province”:
The Second United Front between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party of China (established in 1937) is still going on. Because the sovereignty of Diaoyutai islands should be returned to China with Taiwan under Cairo and Posdam Declarations.
History buffs may remember that the Second United Front largely involved Communist and KMT forces stabbing each other in the back whilst ostensibly allied against the Japanese invaders. Those who lived through the Chinese Civil War might be surprised to learn that General Luo thinks the opposing forces were allies the entire time.
Hawkish Taiwanese politician Yok Mu-ming also favours cross-strait cooperation… in blowing Diaoyu to hell:
Chinese aircraft and vessels can bomb the islands on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. While the Taiwanese can launch attacks on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou has previously rebuked any suggestion of cooperation between the PRC and ROC regarding the Diaoyu Islands.