At a press conference last Oct. 5, Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu implied that Japan would take a more aggressive role against the Chinese Communist Party threat in the region. Instead of just monitoring the situation, they would actively pursue options in the face of a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan.
When reporters asked the Japanese minister about the recent provocation by the CCP that sent nearly 100 warplanes to fly over Taiwan’s airspace, he said he hoped that “this matter is resolved peacefully between the two parties through direct talks.”
Japan, where a new government has just taken office with Fumio Kishida, a former foreign minister as well, said it would take a more aggressive stance than just observing the conflict,
“Additionally, instead of simply monitoring the situation, we hope to weigh the various possible scenarios that may arise to consider what options we have, as well as the preparations we must make,” Mr. Toshimitsu said.
According to a Reuters report, the senior Japanese official’s statements mark a contrast with his predecessors, who until then used less confrontational and more diplomatic language and signal a more aggressive approach to countering the threat posed by China’s communist dictatorship in the region.
“That part was always unspoken … but this time, they’re taking a stronger stand,” said Yoichiro Sato, an international relations professor at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.
“It is drawing a line of sorts and thus creating expectations,” said Robert Ward, professor of Japanese Security Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. “The new government will continue with the harder line, as Motegi is showing. This fits with Japan’s broader push to balance China from a position of strength.”
The statements also come when both the United States and Japan have reaffirmed their commitments as strong allies. Both governments have warned the CCP about its advances in the region, especially its threats to Taiwan.
After taking over as Japan’s prime minister, Kishida said he spoke on the phone with President Joe Biden for 20 minutes.
“We affirmed the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance, as well as our commitment to working together to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the Japanese prime minister said.
He claimed to have received a “strong” message from Biden on the U.S. commitment to defend the islets in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku Islands, in Japan, which the CCP calls Daioyus and claims sovereignty over.
On the other hand, Japan’s defense minister, Kishi Nobuo, reaffirmed Toshimitsu’s remarks about an ideal scenario where the conflict is resolved peacefully but in previous statements said that Japan is obliged to act in the face of growing CCP hostility.
“It is Japan’s consistent stance that we hope the issue surrounding Taiwan will be resolved through direct dialogue between the party involved,” Kishi assured reporters according to a Breitbart report.
“Because we are close geographically, what could happen in Taiwan could likely be an issue for Japan, and in that case, Japan will have to take the necessary response to that situation,” Kishi told CNN on Sept. 16.
With Japan affirming its commitment to act militarily, the CCP faces a strong alliance between the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan, India, and Taiwan.
Unlike the U.S., British and Australian militaries, which have extensive real combat experience and the most advanced military technology, the Chinese military, however numerous, has no real military experience. Most of its activity consists of repression of innocent and unarmed citizens, such as the case of the Uighurs in Xinjiang and the millions of Falun Dafa practitioners, Tibetans, and other prisoners of conscience who are persecuted by the Chinese Communist regime using the state apparatus.