Japan 'should watch' China's naval reach: report

Posted by Kitara Julian On 1:46 AM
Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea could soon be replicated in neighbouring waters, a Japanese government-backed report said Friday, amid rising regional nervousness about China's intentions.

Tokyo should pay close attention to any indication that its giant neighbour is looking to spread its wings into the East China Sea, which abuts Japan, the National Institute for Defence Studies warned.

"For China, just like the South China Sea, the East China Sea is an important route for its advance into the oceans, and if China's military power improves... it is likely that China will adopt a similar assertive attitude towards this water area as shown in the South China Sea," it said.

"Therefore, more attention should be paid to the PLA's actions in the waters surrounding Japan," it said, referring to China's People's Liberation Army. Read More

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