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Japan builds a line of defense
As reported by 19 April agency Reuters, the Japanese forces of self-defense launched the first in the last 40 years of military operation on the western extremity of the island chain, including directly the Japanese islands.
It is about landing a Japanese landing at a radar station on the tropical island of Yonaguni off the coast of Taiwan.
Such a move could lead to Beijing's discontent. Recall that the territorial dispute existing between Japan and the PRC around some islands in the East China Sea has recently escalated.
Japanese Defense Minister Itunori Onodera said that the military presence could be extended to other islands south-west of the main islands of Japan.
"This is the first deployment since the United States handover of Okinawa in 1972, as calls for us to be more alert are getting louder." "I want to build a strong defense architecture for the islands that are part of Japanese territory," Onodera said.
If the Japanese military build a base on the island, it will allow the Self-Defense Forces to monitor the mainland China, and monitor the movement of Chinese ships and aircraft that can be sent to the disputed territories called the Senkaku in Japan and the Diao-Yu in the PRC.
On the island of Yonaguni there are 1,5 thousand people. According to observers, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, decided to send troops to the island in connection with the growing concern about the Chinese military threat.
Let's remind, at the end of 2013. The PRC decided to establish the regime of the air defense identification zone in the East China Sea, incl. over the Senkaku / Diao-Yu islands. This circumstance, in addition to the military strengthening of the PRC and China's "attempts to rethink the status quo through coercion," according to the Japanese Defense Ministry, has caused Tokyo's concern. Against the background of the events taking place last year, the Japanese prime minister increased the military budget for the first time in 11 years.