Japan has never stopped fabricating, exaggerating, and playing up all kinds of threats: ずくなしの冷や水

2017年09月01日

Japan has never stopped fabricating, exaggerating, and playing up all kinds of threats

RT2017/9/1
China accuses Japan of ‘exaggerating’ threats amid record $48bn defense budget request
China has accused Tokyo of “exaggerating” the threats it faces, urging it to explain its “true intentions” behind boosting military spending on the same day as the Japanese Defense Ministry requested a record $48 billion defense budget.

“Japan’s national defense budget has been rising for years indeed, and has reached a record high. We are concerned about that,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said during a Thursday press briefing, when asked whether Beijing is concerned that North Korea is contributing to an arms buildup in the region.

“In recent years, Japan has never stopped fabricating, exaggerating, and playing up all kinds of threats it faces. In the meantime, it has been expanding its national defense budget, upgrading its military arsenal, and taking steps to implement the new security bill.

“All countries should be on high alert as to what Japan has done and its real motives. We believe that Japan should honestly explain its real motives to the international community,” Hua said.

She urged Japan to “exercise caution in the military and security field,” saying she hopes Tokyo can “learn from history.”

Hua’s comments came just hours after Japanese media reported that the country’s defense ministry was seeking 5.26-trillion yen (US$48 billion) to boost its missile defense capabilities.

As part of the budget plan, Tokyo aims to purchase a land-based anti-missile system known as Aegis Ashore, according to The Japan Times. It is also considering an option of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), according to AP.

Other purchases would include a SM-3 Block IIA interceptor missile, which the defense ministry says will boost Japan’s defense capabilities and improve its ability to shoot down a ballistic missile launched into space on a steep “lofted” trajectory.

An upgraded version of the current Patriot Advanced Capability-3 anti-missile system would also be bought, allowing for greater ability to down cruise missiles and jets.
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