Illustration: Craig Stephens
Illustration: Craig Stephens
Richard Heydarian
Opinion

Opinion

Richard Heydarian

Japan’s military build-up driven by fears over China’s rise and doubts about US alliance

  • Japan’s moves reflect decades-long efforts to be more self-reliant amid growing concerns over China’s rise and the reliability of the US as an ally
  • Given Japan’s past, though, ramping up its military spending risks sparking fears among its neighbours and ruining decades of building up soft power

Illustration: Craig Stephens
Illustration: Craig Stephens
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