Japanese soldiers take part in a military review in Asaka. Tokyo last month announced its biggest defence overhaul in decades, increasing spending, reshaping its military command and acquiring new missiles. Photo: AFP
Japanese soldiers take part in a military review in Asaka. Tokyo last month announced its biggest defence overhaul in decades, increasing spending, reshaping its military command and acquiring new missiles. Photo: AFP
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China-Japan relations: past the point of no return amid Tokyo’s military build-up?

  • China sees Japan’s huge defence spending plans as ‘hostile’ while Tokyo views Beijing recent ‘coercive’ actions as ‘existential threats’, analysts say
  • They caution ‘a reciprocal quid pro quo’ on Taiwan may be required for the two sides to maintain their ‘mutually beneficial yet awkward relationship’

Japanese soldiers take part in a military review in Asaka. Tokyo last month announced its biggest defence overhaul in decades, increasing spending, reshaping its military command and acquiring new missiles. Photo: AFP
Japanese soldiers take part in a military review in Asaka. Tokyo last month announced its biggest defence overhaul in decades, increasing spending, reshaping its military command and acquiring new missiles. Photo: AFP
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