Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Japan wary of rise in China’s maritime activities - 2nd Aug 2011

China’s naval forces are likely to step up their activities in waters around Japan, Tokyo’s annual defence report said on Tuesday, the latest expression of regional security concerns about China’s military buildup.

A week after Beijing said it was refitting an old Soviet aircraft carrier and sources told Reuters that it was building two of its own carriers, the report said China has responded in a coercive manner to deal with regional conflicts.

Japan’s defence white paper also urged caution against cyber attacks and said North Korea’s nuclear and missile projects posed serious threats to national security.

“Given the modernisation of China’s naval and air forces in recent years, its sphere of influence is likely to grow beyond its neighbouring waters,” the report said.

“It is expected that China will try to keep expanding the area of activities, and to make its naval activities a routine practice in waters surrounding Japan including the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, as well as in the South China Sea.”

China has been flexing its muscles in the South China Sea, where a territorial dispute with Taiwan and several Southeast Asian nations has festered for years. Read More