Chinese Provocations Accelerate Japan’s Military Renewal

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TOKYO – It was the kind of provocation that became familiar in Japan. On June 18, a Chinese submarine passed a few kilometers from the territorial waters of Japan near the island of Amami-Oshima. Tokyo mobilized three destroyers and surveillance planes to make sure he was not staying.

Breaking a precedent, Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono publicly identified the submarine as Chinese and said the incident was part of a scheme of China’s assertion that includes a recent border clash with Indian troops and a push for …

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