China Worried That Japan Ready to Go to War Over Disputed Islands

Monday, August 15, 2016
By Paul Martin

Japan’s decision to develop new anti-ship missiles sparked a wave of criticism from China, as Beijing suspects that Tokyo may be preparing for war.

As part of its defense program, Japan intends to develop new missile launchers capable of protecting the remote reaches of the country, including a set of islands which are disputed between the two nations.
According to the local media, anti-ship missiles with a range of about 300 kilometers, which is enough to cover the island chain known as Senkaku Islands in Japan and the Diaoyu Islands in China, may be deployed at the Miyako-jima Island, and on the islands of the Sakishima archipelago in 2023.

This development resulted in a barrage of criticism from the Chinese media which see it as a sign that Japan is preparing for an offensive war. Zhou Yongsheng, a professor at the Institute of International Relations at the China Foreign Affairs University, said that if Japan really gets its hands on these missiles, it would mean that Tokyo is ready for a hard struggle.

“These missiles may surpass the Russian S-300 missile systems in terms of range. Furthermore, Japanese missile systems will be more advanced than the Chinese ones,” he said.

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