Nakayama noted that Japan and Taiwan were geographically close, and added that if something happened in Taiwan it would affect Japan’s Okinawa prefecture, where US forces and their families are based.
Nakayama highlighted growing threats posed by China in space, in missile technology, in the cyber domain and in nuclear and conventional forces, and said that under Chinese President Xi Jinping’s leadership it had “aggressive, aggressive … thought and will.”
“So wake up. We have to wake up, ” hy het gesê.
Nakayama said it was necessary to show deterrence to China and also Russia, which had stepped up exercises in Japanese-claimed territory and near the US state of Hawaii.
“You can see China and Russia collaborating together, when they are doing some military exercise around our neighbors,” Nakayama said, adding that he wanted to see the US “stronger, stronger and stronger.”
Nakayama referred to Tokyo’s decision to scrap its 1%-of-GDP cap on defense spending. He said Japan needed to spend more on weapons, including missiles, and cut costs, gegewe dat 50% of its budget went to personnel.
Washington and Tokyo should boost technological collaboration in the face of closer Chinese and Russian cooperation, hy het gesê.