File photo Fumio Kishida: AFP
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to deliver a keynote speech at the Shangri-La dialogue in Singapore on Friday, where he would use the Russian-Ukrainian conflict as an example to forcefully oppose unilateral changes to the status quo and unveil a plan to increase Japan’s defense budget, three days after Japan agreed to strengthen its military ties with NATO over concerns over the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and extended an olive branch to the NATO’s involvement in the Asia-Pacific region.
Chinese analysts believe that Japan is now using the Russian-Ukrainian crisis to strengthen its military cooperation with NATO and is trying to channel NATO’s influence in the Asia-Pacific region or promote the establishment of an alliance. NATO-type military in the region, etc. ill-intentioned plans have actually hijacked regional peace and stability to serve its ambition to build up its military might, contain China with a military alliance, and get rid of the constraints of its pacifist constitution.
Japan uses the pretext of “preventing a crisis like the Russian-Ukrainian crisis from happening in Asia” to legitimize its collusion with NATO and convince countries in the region to serve its purpose of targeting China, but in fact, NATO expansion is the root cause of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, so if a NATO-like military organization emerges in Asia, the region would be much closer to a military crisis, experts said.
Tokyo’s selfish and dangerous attempt is unlikely to succeed, as China and other peace-loving countries in the region will work together to steer the region away from regional militarization and confrontation occurring in Europe, noted Chinese analysts.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is set to present his country’s vision for a more secure Asia-Pacific region through maritime cooperation with 20 or more nations when he speaks at the Shangri-La Security Dialogue Friday in Singapore, government sources said, according to Kyodo. News Thursday.
Noting that the status quo “has already been changed by force in the East and South China Seas,” Kishida is expected to convey his plan to assist Asia-Pacific countries by providing patrol boats and building maritime transport infrastructure. while investing in the necessary human resources. .
He is set to call for efforts to ‘prevent a Ukraine-like crisis from occurring in the Indo-Pacific and underscore the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait’ .
In fact, Japan is not trying to safeguard regional peace and stability, but to create tension and unrest by touting the “China threat theory” so that Japan can legitimize its ambition to develop its military and to push for an amendment to its pacifist constitution, Lü Yaodong, a researcher at the Institute of Japanese Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said Thursday.
If Asia remains peaceful and stable, Tokyo will have no excuse to break the bounds of its constitution, shed US control and become a normalized country, analysts said, noting that it is not a question of simply to serve the United States, but to use the current situation in Ukraine and the American Indo-Pacific strategy to achieve its own ambitions by creating tension in the region, Lü noted.
On Tuesday, Japanese and NATO officials agreed to intensify military cooperation and joint exercises over common concerns that the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is “causing a deterioration of the security environment in Europe and Asia”, it said. reported the Associated Press.
Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said at the start of his meeting with the head of the NATO Military Committee, Rob Bauer, that Japan hoped to strengthen its ties with European countries and welcomed the expanded involvement of NATO in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the report.
“The security of Europe and Asia are closely linked, especially now that the international community is facing serious challenges,” Kishi said. Bauer’s visit to Tokyo comes as Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force is taking part in NATO naval exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, according to the report.
This kind of collusion between Japan and NATO under the guise of security will do little to prevent conflict, but could seriously damage regional peace and increase uncertainty, analysts said.
Liu Jiangyong, vice-dean of the Institute of Modern International Relations at Tsinghua University, told the Global Times on Thursday that Japan’s decision to bring NATO influence into Asia or push for the establishment of an Asia-Pacific version of NATO “will bring danger not only to China but also to the entire Asia-Pacific region. »
“First, Japan will build up its military power, and as a country that was defeated by the Allies in World War II, Japan could finally achieve a military build-up; second, Asia would experience tensions like those in Europe caused by NATO enlargement; thirdly, it will bring obstacles to China’s reunification process, and even send the wrong signal to encourage Taiwanese secessionists; moreover, Japan would increase pressure to target the forces of the Chinese order on the Diaoyu Islands,” Liu noted.
Currently, due to the constraints imposed by its pacifist Constitution, Japan cannot join NATO, but it is possible for it to amend the relevant articles and then apply for NATO membership, which would make ‘NATO a global military bloc not only influential in Europe, but one that allows the United States and Japan to build a new military alliance to seriously threaten China’s development and security,’ Liu said.
Stop a dangerous trend
China opposes some forces using the Ukraine crisis as an excuse to advocate NATO’s continued expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs said on May 13. Wang Yi in a telephone conversation with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias. The two sides exchanged views on the Ukrainian situation and bilateral relations.
Attempts to create an “Asia-Pacific version of NATO” will only seriously damage regional security, Wang said.
Song Zhongping, a military expert and television commentator, told the Global Times on Thursday that although Japan has ambitions to push for the establishment of an Asia-Pacific version of NATO, Asia is not not Europe and does not really have the conditions to build a military alliance like NATO.
“Most Asian countries, even those aligned with the United States like South Korea and the Philippines, do not see China as their enemy or as a threat, because China is their biggest trading partner and these countries benefit concretely of their stable ties with China,” he added. Song noted.
After some friction in recent years over issues such as the South China Sea and the THAAD crisis, most countries in the region have already learned that serving a US strategy to contain and provoke China does no good. , but only losses and pressure, and they also realized that having stable and friendly relations with China is important for their national interests, so that Asian countries do not share the same thought as Japan and do not don’t want to be China’s enemy, analysts said.
Japan has decided to hijack the whole region, and even invites NATO to enter the Asia-Pacific region to contain China, and what China must do is to strengthen its ties with the countries of the region to build a community with a shared future and reach consensus with peace-loving countries in Asia, Song said.
“China’s development is not a threat to Asia, but a certainty for the continent’s peace and prosperity,” Song said, noting that “in other words, whoever challenges the development and China’s sovereignty challenges regional peace and stability.”
In addition, China must strengthen its capabilities in all aspects, including the economy and the military, to effectively deter all provocations that target China’s core interests, and to effectively and massively isolate and defeat hostile forces. who attempt to challenge and harm China’s sovereignty and national sovereignty. security, to minimize the impact on regional peace and stability, Song noted.