Expert: China must stay vigilant against Japan

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Yao Jianing
2016-03-24 17:20

BEIJING, Mach 24 (ChinaMil) -- Japan passed a resolution on the morning of March 22, 2016, that it will formally implement the newly revised security bills on March 29, according to recent Japanese media reports.

Liang Fang, a military expert, said in an interview with China Central Television (CCTV) Asia Today that the pass of the new security bills indicates that the Japanese Constitution ceased to exist except in name and in the future, Japan's alert against China will reach its peak. For this, China must remain vigilant against Japan.

The reports said that the new security bills allow Japan's Self-Defense Forces(JSDF) to support the U.S. military without geographical constraints.

From March 29, it is possible that Japan will exercise its rights of collective self-defense.This is a turning point of Japan's postwar "purely defensive defense" security policy. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the implementation of new security bills is of "historic importance."

Abe attended the graduation ceremony at the National Defense Academy of Japan on the morning of March 21. He admonished graduates using the situation in surrounding waters of the Diaoyu Islands as the background.

He said repeated violations of Japan’s airspace and territorial waters occurred in the southwest side and Japan cannot turn a blind eye to the increasingly grim security environment.

He claimed: "We must resolutely guard safety and peaceful life of Japanese people and this is the most important responsibility of the government."

The Abe Cabinet and the ruling party have been rendering the increasingly grim security environment around Japan and said the situation cannot be ignored, in order to emphasize the need for security bills, reported by CCTV.

According to foreign media sources, in addition to international students, there are 419 Japanese graduates from the National Defense Academy this year, among which, 47 chose not to join the JSDF. The number almost doubled compared with that of last year.

It is reported that the graduates backed down precisely because the new security bills increased the risks of JSDF personnel.

Japanese media correspondents have pointed out that the number of JSDF enrollment declined and apparently, it was influenced by the security bills. JSDF's range of tasks is now close to that of an ordinary army, which has made students and their families feel extremely uneasy.

The Japanese House of Representatives pushed through the security bills in July 2015, lifted the ban on collective self-defense and expanded JSDF’s freedom of operations.

Previously, Japan can only use the individual right to self-defense when the country suffers an armed attack, which is the so-called "armed attack situation".

However, the new security bills regulate that even if Japan is not under an armed attack, it still can use force against other countries if Japan is being threatened.

“The pass of the new security bills indicates that the Japanese Constitution ceased to exist except in name. Japan’s military strategy is shifting from purely defensive defense to overseas intervention and perhaps it will embark on the old road of militarism,” and “Japan's aggressiveness is expanding. If a crisis occurs in the East China Sea, the South China Sea or waters closely related to China, Japan will be able to go overseas and participate in military intervention and war under the excuse of responding to multiple security threats,” said Liang Fang.

Liang Fang pointed out that after the security bills come into force, Japan can decide on its own whether or not to send the JSDF to help the U.S. at its request. Meanwhile, Japan can take the opportunity to continue its military expansion and the development of new equipment. Japan will also lower the threshold of the use of force and improve its overall combat capability.

Liang Fang said that in the next decade, Japan’s alert against China will reach the peak as China's comprehensive strength fully surpasses Japan.

Pre-emptive strike and surprise attack were once extremely respected in Japan's strategic culture. We cannot rule out the possibility that Japan will take extreme actions in the future and therefore China must remain vigilant against Japan, Liang Fang added.

The author is Qiu Yue, reporter from the People’s Daily Online. The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and don't represent views of the China Military Online website.

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