In its annual defense review for 2020, Japan makes strong accusations against the Chinese regime for mishandling the outbreak of the CCP Virus (Chinese Communist Party Virus) and for taking advantage of the global chaos to advance its territorial claims.
Japan published last Tuesday its annual defense review, known as “white paper”, where it accuses China of “disinformation” and “propaganda” in the handling of the CCP Virus. Japan also denounced China for pushing forward its territorial claims during the pandemic, taking advantage of the global context of chaos and uncertainty.
The two nations had improved their diplomatic relations since late 2018. Still, in recent months they cooled down again, in a context marked by the discontent of many countries with the way China handled the outbreak of the CCP Virus and the recent imposition of a national security law on Hong Kong that threatens the freedom and democracy of the people.
The defense “white paper,” approved Tuesday by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, cites as examples of “disinformation” that the virus was introduced into Wuhan by the U.S. military, also citing the promotion of Chinese medicinal herbs to treat the disease.
Regarding territorial claims, the book says that China has “relentlessly” pursued its unilateral actions to impose a change in the status quo on the Tokyo-administered Senkaku Islands.
The two countries claim sovereignty over this uninhabited micro-archipelago in the East China Sea, which China calls Diaoyu and whose seabed could be rich in hydrocarbons.
With regard to the South China Sea, reference is made to the unilateral creation by China of two administrative districts on the islands of Paracel and Spratly, where Beijing has competing claims with Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan.
Along with the advancement of the militarization of the entire disputed area, China uses these non-military means to force shifts in the regional status quo, which angers the other claimant countries, which are now focusing their efforts on measures to respond to the pandemic, according to the document.
It also says the international community has “strong security concerns” about China’s military trends, such as “a high level of growth in its defense budget” and a “lack of transparency in its military affairs.” These statements align with the United States’ position at a time of growing regional tension between Beijing and Washington.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected in an official announcement on Monday, July 13, China’s claims to offshore resources in most of the South China Sea, saying they were “completely unlawful.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China had filed a complaint about the review. “Japan’s defense white paper is full of biases and false information,” he said at a daily briefing.
These accusations against the regime were not the only ones that resonated in the international media this week.
A few days ago, Chinese virologist Li-Meng Yan, who fled Hong Kong to the United States because of growing threats, said in an interview with Fox News that in December 2019, the Chinese regime already knew about the enormous capacity of the virus to spread but hid it.
On Monday, July 13, on The Bill Hammer Reports program, she said that lives could have been saved if the Chinese government had not hidden its work and that she hopes to tell U.S. authorities everything she knows.