Update on Asian maritime tensions
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The Minister of Defense of Japan called on the international community to pay more attention to the “survival of Taiwan” because he warned that China’s military buildup is surrounding the island.
Nobuo Kishi, brother of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said in an interview with the Financial Times that widespread international pressure is essential to prevent Taiwan’s future from being determined by military confrontation.
After Japan broke years of precedent and directly linked Taiwan’s security with its own security in a recent meeting, his comments marked a further escalation of rhetoric. National Defense White Paper, Clearly mentioned the need to enhance the “sense of crisis.”
The same report, its cover Samurai illustration The decorative shore office warned that the overall military balance between China and Taiwan is now “in China’s favor”-the minister reiterated this warning.
“We have seen China take various actions to encircle Taiwan,” Kishi said. Since last year, Chinese military aircraft have often entered the air defense identification zone along the southwest coast of Taiwan.
Beijing also began to fly around the southern end of the island into its airspace along the southeast coast. Chinese military aircraft Earlier this year, it was parallel to the northern half of Taiwan’s east coast. Chinese naval vessels are increasingly appearing in the waters off the east coast of Taiwan.
Kishi is known for his close relationship with Taipei’s politicians and is considered a conservative and China hawk.he is Recently taken Gaze at the 110-kilometer strait that separates Taiwan from Yonaguni Island, the westernmost island of Japan.
Kishi said that Japan’s strong message is that peace in the Taiwan Strait can only be ensured if the international community requests it. “Rather than a direct military conflict between China and Taiwan, the international community needs to pay more attention to the survival of Taiwan,” he said.
U.S. and Japanese military officials have Start serious planning At the end of June, six officials told the British Financial Times that possible conflicts between China and Taiwan included top-secret tabletop war games and joint exercises.
Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said that the crisis in Taiwan may bring Existential threat Go to Japan to speak at a private fundraising event reported by the local media. These comments are significant because they are a constitutional obstacle to the use of the Japanese military to support the US military.
Kishi said that although Japan is increasingly worried, Japan does not intend to establish direct military relations with Taipei and will maintain the status quo that the two countries do not have formal diplomatic relations.
He said: “While maintaining the existing framework, we hope to achieve mutual understanding through various measures or through the exchange of opinions between Japan and the United States.”
Although the military power gap between the mainland and Taiwan has been widening year by year, Kishi Shinobi said that he believes that Taipei has the ability to defend itself. He said the island is combining “asymmetric military capabilities” (which use cheaper weapons to offset the strength of opponents) into a “multi-level defense system.”
As part of Japan’s promotion of more international attention, Kishi said Tokyo welcomes European countries in the region to play a greater role, including the upcoming visit of the British Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier battle group.
He said: “Many countries sympathize with our idea of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.” Kishi said that by showing their presence in the region, “we can jointly send a strong message about regional peace and stability.”
Additional report by Kathrin Hille in Taipei