Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu announced that his country would strengthen anti-aircraft and anti-missile defenses, following news that the communist Chinese regime had tested a hypersonic missile.
Hirokazu also referred to the Chinese regime, noting that its military expansionism by sea and air is of concern to neighboring countries and the world, in a press conference quoted by NHK on Oct. 18.
He also commented that Beijing has not been transparent about its investments in nuclear weapons, which have increased in quantity and quality.
According to a recent report, U.S. intelligence services were surprised by the test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile that circled the globe before flying rapidly toward its target.
Although the test missile missed the rendezvous with its target by about 30 miles, it signifies the deployment achieved in that technological area. It apparently travels at about five times the speed of sound.
According to a Chinese official and a Chinese security expert, the hypersonic glide vehicle was launched by a Long March rocket used in the space program. Both sources also confirmed that the Chinese Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics is developing the weapon.
On the other hand, an Asian national security official said that China usually announces the launch of a Long March rocket, used to put hypersonic vehicles into orbit, but they concealed the August launch, which could confirm the points about the CCP’s lack of transparency alluded to by Hirokazu.
Hirokazu did not specify what his country’s reinforcement would consist of. In another area, China’s rapid naval expansion has prompted Japan to accelerate the growth and modernization of its own fleet.
In this regard, it counts on ships equipped with powerful radars as part of the strategy to deter and defeat Beijing.
For Japan, the recent escalation of aggression by the Communist Party of China (CCP), signaling a possible invasion of Taiwan, also becomes a growing threat against its population and territory.
In this context, Drew Thompson, a former U.S. defense department official with responsibilities towards China, said Tokyo has realized that they need to invest more in defending Japan’s remote territories, which are close to Taiwan.
“Should Beijing use force against either Taiwan or the Senkakus the battle space wouldn’t be limited to just one place or the other, it would encompass essentially the theater, and Japanese territory would be very much involved in a contingency around Taiwan in particular,” Thompson said.
He added, “I think that’s the recognition amongst Japanese military planners, they need more sensors, more shooters, more weapons systems… that can deny an adversary access to its territory, or attrite adversary forces if deterrence fails.”
In fact, a Communist Party of China (CCP) military channel threatened Japan with dropping atomic bombs, thus initiating a full-scale war, should it attempt to defend Taiwan.
“The CCP said it will bomb Japan if it defends Taiwan. Since Japan is the only country that has been bombed, bombing Japan will ‘get twice the result with half the effort,'” journalist Jennifer Zeng wrote via her Twitter account on July 13.
For his part, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi criticized the CCP for trying to unilaterally change the status quo in the region, according to the so-called defense white paper approved by the cabinet.
Japan “will never accept the CCP’s actions to exacerbate tensions in the East China Sea, South China Sea and other waters,” Kishi said, as noted by the alternative media outlet Gnews.