Japan Warns of China’s Growing Naval MusclePosted by Randy | August 04, 2011
Japan’s most recent Annual Defense Report expresses the nation’s concerns with China’s rising naval power. The Japanese White Paper focused on China’s assertiveness and widening naval capability, and it specifically expressed concerns over the “opaqueness” of Beijing's military budget.
The report states:
Opaqueness in its defense policies and military movements are concerns for the region, including Japan, and for the international community, and we need to carefully analyze them.
Considering the recent modernization of China’s maritime and air forces, the areas affected by the capabilities will likely expand beyond its nearby waters.
On the military front, China has been modernizing its military forces, backed by the high and constant increase in defense budget. China appears to give particular priority to the Taiwan issue as a core issue of national sovereignty, and for the time being it will probably aim for the improvement of military capabilities to prevent Taiwan’s independence in its military modernization, but in recent years, China has begun work on acquiring capabilities for missions other than the Taiwan issue.
The English translation of Japan’s Annual Defense Report can be found here.
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