“If Japan must see China as an opponent, then it is after the wrong target and calculates it all wrong. There will be no future for Japan.” Another day, another strong statement from China as they once again tell Japan to stop using them as the reason for increasing their military strength by painting them as a security threat in the region.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters on Monday that Japan should analyze its history and then “face up to the reality” instead of continually using their neighbor as “an excuse to achieve its hidden agenda.” Qin shared his frustration during the press conference, saying that Japan has been provoking them again and again and he said they do not understand what they really want to do.
The two countries have been at odds due to a territorial dispute over the uninhabited but resource-rich Senkaku Islands, known as Diaoyu in China. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been making steps to fortify its Self Defense Force, including a push to take another look at its Pacifist Constitution that has prevented them from having a full-fledged military. They are currently in the midst of an 18-day military exercise in order to strengthen their defense capabilities amidst the security threats from China and North Korea with its missile and nuclear program. The government is also in the process of establishing a National Security Council that will equip them better to deal with the changing regional and global security situation.
But China is having none of it, refusing to become the scapegoat for what they perceive to be Japan returning to its militaristic nature that is being kept at bay by its Constitution, which was established after World War II. “Japan should do more to promote mutual trust with its neighbors and promote regional peace and stability,” Qin added.
[ via Voice of America ]
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