Ja­pan de­fence ministry seeks record bud­get to de­fend dis­puted sea

The Myanmar Times - - World -

In­done­sia and the Philip­pines have said they will mon­i­tor vis­i­tor ar­rivals from Sin­ga­pore, while sev­eral coun­tries have is­sued ad­vi­sories warn­ing against travel to the city-state. – JA­PAN’S de­fence ministry has re­quested a record bud­get with funds for an anti-ship mis­sile sys­tem to de­fend is­lands at the cen­tre of a ter­ri­to­rial dis­pute with China.

Tokyo is de­ter­mined to de­fend the un­in­hab­ited islets in the East China Sea – ad­min­is­tered by Ja­pan as the Senkakus but claimed by China as the Diaoyus – as Bei­jing steps up its claim.

The ministry an­nounced it is seek­ing 5.168 tril­lion yen (US$50.12 bil­lion) in spend­ing for the fis­cal year start­ing April 2017, up 2.3 per­cent from the ini­tial bud­get for the cur­rent fis­cal year.

If ap­proved by Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe’s cabi­net, it would be the fifth-straight year the gov­ern­ment sets a record de­fence bud­get, as re­gional ten­sions re­main high.

The pro­posed bud­get calls for Ja­pan to de­velop land-to-ship mis­siles as well as air-to-ship mis­siles for pa­trol planes.

Ja­panese For­eign Min­is­ter Fu­mio Kishida last week told his Chi­nese coun­ter­part Wang Yi dur­ing talks in Tokyo that Bei­jing must stop vi­o­lat­ing Ja­panese ter­ri­tory in the East China Sea around the dis­puted is­lands.

The bud­get also pro­poses funds to dis­patch ex­tra per­son­nel to the Philip­pines and Viet­nam in an ef­fort to beef up in­tel­li­gence-gath­er­ing in the South China Sea. –

EPA

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