A Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) is launched from the Japanese Aegis Destroyer JS Kongo in the water off Kauai, Hawaii. Photo: AP/Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force

Were Japan’s missile defence plans made for China instead of North Korea?

Warming ties between Pyongyang and the rest of the region are unlikely to stop Tokyo’s hawkish government from deploying Aegis missile systems, since the perceived threat from Beijing may have been the real reason for them

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A Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) is launched from the Japanese Aegis Destroyer JS Kongo in the water off Kauai, Hawaii. Photo: AP/Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force
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