Saturday, June 29, 2013

Japan's military moves worry Beijing

Japan plans to deploy its self defense force (SDF) in remote areas and allow it to participate in military exercises with the US troops. 

A Japanese government white paper said SDF would work with US forces to recapture sovereign islands in a clear signal that it will protect the disputed Diaoyu Islands, which China claims to be its own. 

The announcement has alarmed Beijing. "The Japanese side has been advocating the 'China threat' and deliberately creating tensions in recent years," Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chuying said in reference to the announcement. She said China is transparent in its military's strategic intent and poses no threat to any country. 

Japan has also offered help to Philippines in case it is unable to protect its islands, which China claims as well. - Times of India

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