On Monday, June 28, Japanese State Minister of Defence Yasuhide Nakayama advised the United States to be aware of a potential ambush by an alliance of two of its key adversaries, China and Russia. 

“We have to show the deterrence towards China, and not just China but also the Russians, because, as I told you, that they are doing their exercises together,” Nakayama said while speaking to the Hudson Institute think tank, according to Washington Examiner.

Nakayama said Taiwan is already conscious of a collaborative attack from both the communist governments.

“I think the Taiwanese are really concerned,” he said. “And also, they’re focusing on the two big countries collaborating and [presenting] a lot of threat towards Taiwan.”

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been conducting military exercises around the island while legalizing their act, claiming that Taiwan is a renegade province that since 1949 belongs to them. Both the United States and Japan stand by the island’s independence while others decide to concur with the CCP’s claim. 

“We have to protect Taiwan as a democratic country,” insisted Nakayama. 

To Nakayama, the tensions in the Indo-Pacific could mean some coordinated preparation between Russia and China for a surprise Pearl Harbor-style attack.

“Seventy years ago, we attacked Pearl Harbor, but now the United States and Japan [are] very good allies, one of the best allies all over the world,” he said.

Recalling Russia’s irregular activity in the Pacific this week, Nakayama surmised Hawaii would be at stake as much as Taiwan, hinting that the potential conflict would directly compromise the U.S.

“I don’t want to remind [us of the attack] 70 years ago, but we have to be careful of the exercising of the Russians. They are taking place [off] the western side of that, Honolulu, I mean, in Hawaii.”

On Thursday, June 30, it came to notice that Russian warships were holding missile and artillery firing drills in the Pacific, but its government reassured that the weapons were there only for equipment check.

“In the course of practical measures, the warships jointly repelled a notional enemy’s air attack,” the Russian Pacific Fleet’s press office said, as reported by state media. “The exercise was intended to check the reliable operation of shipborne weapons in a hot climate.”

Such peculiar practices, according to Nakayama, demonstrated that Japan and the United States might be vulnerable to the same scheme that must be addressed cooperatively.

“Honolulu to Japan, this zone is becoming—[the] Chinese and the Russians come in this zone,” he said. “So, [for] the United States, the protection line is going to be backwards a little bit.”