Japan and the United States are exploring the possibility of Tokyo acquiring offensive weapons that would allow Japan to project power far beyond its borders, Japanese officials said, a move that would likely infuriate China.
While Japan’s intensifying rivalry with China dominates the headlines, Tokyo’s focus would be the ability to take out North Korean [...]
More than half of Chinese people think their country could go to war with Japan, according to a recent poll.
The survey, conducted by Japanese non-governmental organisation Genron and state-run newspaper China Daily, revealed that 53.4% of Chinese people believe a conflict will happen, with many thinking it will occur “within the next five years”.
The world’s third-biggest economy is teetering on the brink of disaster. The most recent quarterly results showed shrinkage in Japan’s economy by an annualized 6.8% from April through June. Although the Bank of Japan has predicted a rebound in the next quarter, many economists are even more pessimistic than Jean-Pierre Lehmann. They predict a crash [...]
“However, the Japanese government will want to keep the [Senkaku] islands out of Chinese hands for security purposes in light of the latter’s actions to secure disputed territory in the South China Sea, if nothing else.”
The Senkaku Islands have only minimal economic value to Japan with regard to the seabed resources in the surrounding [...]
The Japanese Self-Defence Forces have been precisely that – remaining vigilant to outside threats but constitutionally restrained from striking the first blow.
Now, with an assertive China throwing its weight around in North Asia, there is a developing inclination among Japan’s leadership to take its tactical lead from another playbook: that the best form of [...]
Many of these Southeast Asian nations need arms and some are involved in conflicts with China, said Hu Wenlong with China Military Culture Research Association, an organization in association with the People’s Liberation Army. If Japan offered long-term loans and preferential condition to sell large amounts of military hardware to countries which have territorial disputes [...]
Ask almost any citizen, young or old, in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou or Wuhan whether Japan has ever apologized for its aggression against China. They will all answer “no.” People in China believe this because Chinese propaganda organs, particularly since the tenure of Jiang Zemin, have beaten a drum [...]
Yet there’s a third possibility that White has overlooked, one that is much more troublesome from Beijing’s standpoint. That is the evolution of a strategic, security, and technological compact among resident Asian powers that serves to balance China. Chief among these balancers would be Japan and India, but Vietnam, Australia, and others could all conceivably play [...]
The Japanese government is stepping up efforts to increase both its presence and the population’s awareness of claims to remote islands off the western coast of its main islands. The plans include the stationing of troops, increased investment in development, and the strengthening [...]
“First, China’s rise is inevitable and unlikely to be peaceful, as evidenced by its growing military strength and rash of maritime disputes with its neighbors.”
The answer, they argue, is that the “powers in the middle” – India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and others – can shape their own security future [...]