torsdag 4. november 2021

A rapid deterioration in Japan’s security environment may push Tokyo into boosting military spending and strength

A flotilla of 10 Chinese and Russian warships nearly completed a circle around Japan’s main island of Honshu during the first joint China-Russia patrol in the Western Pacific last month. This deployment came after the two countries completed a joint naval exercise in waters near Russia’s Peter the Great Gulf. Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi noted: “This is the first time we have confirmed activity on such a large scale and over such a long period. We believe this was a show of force towards Japan.”

However, it is worth adding here that both the Tsugaru Strait and Osumi Strait, through which the Chinese and Russian warships sailed, are considered international waters which foreign ships can transit freely.The Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement: “The tasks of the joint patrolling were to demonstrate the state flags of Russia and China, maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and also protect facilities of both countries’ maritime economic activity.”