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, ” 그는 말했다.
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 “강하다, 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, given that 50% of its budget went to personnel.
Washington and Tokyo should boost technological collaboration in the face of closer Chinese and Russian cooperation, 그는 말했다.