Japanese defense buildup
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