Ja­panese de­fense buildup

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitic­s -

Ja­pan’s govern­ment on Dec. 17 ap­proved guide­lines for build­ing up its mil­i­tary forces in the face of grow­ing threats from China and North Korea.

A sum­mary of the pro­gram guide­lines, ob­tained from a U.S. de­fense source, states that a “global shift in the bal­ance of power has been brought about by the rise of emerg­ing pow­ers and rel­a­tive change in the U.S. in­flu­ence,” a ref­er­ence to China’s grow­ing mil­i­tary.

“Mil­i­tary mod­ern­iza­tion by China and its in­suf­fi­cient trans­parency are of con­cern for the re­gional and global com­mu­nity,” the sum­mary states.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the Ja­panese de­fense lead­ers stated that North Korea’s nu­clear and mis­sile threats “are im­me­di­ate and grave desta­bi­liz­ing fac­tors to the re­gional se­cu­rity.”

The guide­lines also warn that the threat to Ja­pan posed by “gray

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