Japan is planning to upgrade its Izumo-class destroyers into fully operational aircraft carriers capable of launching fighter jets. Photo: Handout

China may use Japan’s aircraft carrier plan to push through more military spending, observers say

  • Tokyo says it wants to upgrade its Izumo-class destroyers so they can carry and launch fighter jets
  • Move would be a first since nation adopted its pacifist constitution and could make regional neighbours anxious, experts say
Topic |   China military

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Japan is planning to upgrade its Izumo-class destroyers into fully operational aircraft carriers capable of launching fighter jets. Photo: Handout
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Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan is an award-winning journalist, specialising in reporting on defence and diplomacy in China. Her coverage of the US EP-3 spy plane crash with a PLA J-8 in 2001 near the South China Sea opened her door to the military world. Since then, she has had several scoops relating to China's military development. She has been at the Post since 2005 and has a master's in international public affairs from The University of Hong Kong.