Japan to aggressively push back against China

October 31, 2013

“We will show our resolve as a nation, that changes in the status quo by force cannot be tolerated,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a gathering of Japan Self Defense Forces.  In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he firmly stated Japan’s intention to counter Chinese imperialism.  Abe has also reiterated that while the Japanese military is constitutionally limited to self defense, he believes that includes “collective self-defense,” i.e., the military support of other alliance members who are under attack or threat of attack.   On the one hand, a more active and assertive Japan is crucial to US strategy in the Western Pacific, but on the other hand, an assertive Japan also makes China more likely to become more aggressive herself.    It will take confident leadership on the one hand and steady resolve on the other to balance those two forces.


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