BEIJING (Kyodo) — China called Tuesday on Japan not to meddle in the issue of its territory Hong Kong, hours after the neighbor’s top government spokesman voiced concern over the arrests of prominent pro-democracy activists in the region.
“No external forces are allowed to interfere” in Hong Kong, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters, adding, “We urge Japan to recognize the reality, understand the issue correctly, and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs.”
China’s growing military might has replaced North Korean belligerence as the main security threat to Japan, according to Tokyo’s annual defence review — this despite signs that Pyongyang could have nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.
- China’s military spending is set to rise more than three times that of Japan.
- Beijing now routinely sends its air and sea patrols near Japan’s western Okinawa islands
- Japan considers Chinese patrols near its territory a ‘”security concern”
The document’s security assessment on China — listing them as a threat — comes after a section on Japan’s ally, the United States, which, along with Japan’s own defence system, forms the cornerstone of Japan’s security.
This is the first time Beijing has achieved second place in the Defence White Paper, pushing North Korea into third position.
Russia, deemed by Japan as its primary threat during the Cold War, was in fourth place.
“The reality is that China is rapidly increasing military spending, and so people can grasp that we need more pages,” Minister of Defence Taro Kono said at a media briefing.
Around the world, one telecom company after another has announced plans to reject 5G equipment from Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE.
The latest rejections were announced by Japan’s three main telecoms operators, SoftBank Group, NTT Docomo, and KDDI, according to a Dec. 10 article by Japanese media Nikkei. The decision came on the heels of a Dec. 7 announcement by the Japanese government banning government purchases of equipment from Huawei and ZTE, in order to increase its defense against intelligence leaks and cyber attacks.
The next generation of wireless mobile communication technology, 5G is estimated to be at least 100 times faster than current 4G networks. Additionally, 5G is considered key for revolutionizing many industries, including health care, manufacturing, and transportation. Countries are vying for leadership in 5G because it is viewed as critical to economic growth.
Rakuten, Japan’s fourth-largest wireless carrier, has also stated that the firm does not plan to use Chinese telecommunications equipment, according to Nikkei.
A Chinese news agency responding to Japan’s reported decision to retrofit the JS Izumo helicopter carrier to carry F-35B fighter jets said “making an aggressive move like this may drive the country to repeat its militaristic history.”
The Japanese government reached an agreement to buy 100 F-35s, Nikkei Asian Review reported this week, citing sources. Some of the aircraft to be included in the package are F-35B short takeoff vertical lift fighter jets, which are ideally suited for sea-based operations. In order for Japan to accommodate the F-35B, the Maritime Self-Defense Force would have to retrofit some of its ships.
Upgrading the Izumo-class ships would change them from self-defense assets into tools for military expansion, the Chinese Foreign Ministry claimed on Thursday, as reported by Asia Times.
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