Incredibly, the Chinese military has succeeded in making Japan confused
Japan says China's military objectives are unclear and the rapid expansion of its armed forces needs serious attention -- a situation that requires Europe, the United States and other Asian countries to unite against Beijing.
UMMATIMES - "China has been increasing its military capacity very quickly and we are not sure what China's intentions are," Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told the European Parliament's security and defense subcommittee.
"And we are very concerned about this," he said via video link on Thursday.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) leaders said Monday for the first time that China's rise presented a "systemic challenge". US President Joe Biden's eight-day trip to Europe focused on rallying support for America's strategy to contain China's rising power.
China's mission to the European Union (EU) rebuked NATO and said it was "committed to a defense policy of a defensive nature."
Kishi told EU lawmakers that China's ballistic missiles as well as Beijing's decision to increase its defense budget to four times that of Japan and the militarization of islands in the South China Sea needed to be "watched with vigilance" to "maintain the peace."
"They are expanding their national defense budget massively. "The international community must rise with one voice to approach China," he said.
Kishi also asked China to explain why it is rapidly expanding its air force, which is now the world's third largest, according to US Department of Defense data.
China has the world's largest navy, with more warships and submarines than the US -- the world's leading military power, according to US data based on developments in 2019.
China also has more than 1,250 ground-launched ballistic missiles as well as ground-launched cruise missiles with a range of between 500 kilometers and 5,500 kilometers, a range longer than the US.
Meanwhile, according to US data, Washington has no ground-launched cruise missiles.