Japan minister says necessary to ‘wake up’ to Beijing’s pressure and protect Taiwan
- Deputy defence minister Yasuhide Nakayama questioned whether the decision of many countries to follow a ‘one-China’ policy would stand the test of time
- He also said that if something happened in Taiwan it would affect Japan’s Okinawa prefecture, where US forces are based
“Was it right?” he asked at the online event, referring to how future generations will judge policymakers on the issue. “I don’t know.”
“So we have to protect Taiwan as a democratic country.”
Nakayama noted that Tokyo and Taipei were geographically close, and added that if something happened in Taiwan it would affect Japan’s Okinawa prefecture, where US forces and their families are based.
“So wake up. We have to wake up, ” he said.
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“You can see China and Russia collaborating together, when they are doing some military exercise around our neighbours,” Nakayama said, adding that he wanted to see the United States “stronger, stronger and stronger.”
Nakayama referred to Tokyo’s decision to scrap its one-percent-of-GDP cap on defence spending. He said Japan needed to spend more on weapons, including missiles, and cut costs, given that 50 per cent of its budget went on personnel.
Washington and Tokyo should boost technological collaboration in the face of closer Chinese and Russian cooperation, he said.