The Japanese government’s annual “Defense White Paper” has more and more content about China year by year, and it is increasingly hyping up China’s topics and exaggerating the “China threat”. On July 22, the 2022 version of the “Defense White Paper” was released. Its prominent feature is that it plays the “China card”. It not only promotes the “China threat” again, but also shows a stronger sense of vigilance against China. “, blatantly interfering in China’s internal affairs.
Bad intentions: advocating “China threat”
The new version of the “Defense White Paper” regards China as a threat and an adversary, and the tone of intensifying the “China threat” is higher and more reckless than in previous years.
First, strengthen the overall image of China’s continuous “strong military” and “regional hegemony”. From the introductory words to the main text to the separate volume (special volume), there are expressions of China’s continuous development of military power and Japan’s “strong concerns about security”. The frontispiece, signed by the then Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, declared that “in the East China Sea and the South China Sea, China continues to try to unilaterally change the status quo with its power”, and mentioned the Taiwan issue for the first time, falsely claiming that “regional tensions are increasing day by day”; in the text, The chapter on China alone took up 47 pages, the most over the years, to describe China’s military buildup in detail, emphasizing that China’s activism in Japan’s surrounding activities is “more intense than in recent years”, and also in chapters on the Ukrainian issue. China is mentioned many times; and the special volume (special volume) begins with “China’s military-civilian integration and military ‘intelligence'”, and then falsely claims that China has “unilaterally changed the status quo” in the Diaoyu Islands and the South China Sea, “will worsen the security of the Indo-Pacific region.” Safeguard the environment”.
Second, using the Ukraine issue to insinuate China and maliciously speculate on Sino-Russian military cooperation. The new version of the white paper has a new chapter on the so-called “Russian aggression in Ukraine”. While condemning Russia, it claims that “if such aggression by Russia is tolerated, it is likely to release misinformation – and unilateral changes in other regions such as Asia are also allowed. status quo”. Japan’s malicious speculation that China may also launch military operations in Asia is obviously innuendo to China. In addition, the white paper not only describes the development of Sino-Russian military relations in the Chinese chapter, but also sets up a commentary column on “Russian-Chinese military cooperation trends” in the Russian chapter, saying that the trend of Sino-Russian military “strategic cooperation” has become more obvious in recent years. , including the joint strategic cruise around the Japanese archipelago, may be further deepened in the future, which will have an important impact on Japan’s security environment.
Third, hyping up “there is something wrong with Taiwan” and blatantly interfering in China’s internal affairs. After the Ukraine issue escalated in February this year, Japanese right-wing forces openly hyped up “something in Taiwan”. For example, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe falsely claimed that “if there is something in Taiwan, there is something in Japan.” The new version of the white paper is also full of such arguments. The introductory words of the frontispiece falsely claim that “China has assumed a posture of achieving reunification at the cost of using force, and the tension in the region is increasing.” , and the length has been doubled, from 5 pages in last year’s edition to 10 pages. For the first time, the white paper introduced Taiwan’s idea of ”something in Taiwan”, that is, mainland China will attack Taiwan in three stages: gathering troops along the coast in the name of exercises, using “cognitive warfare” to cause panic among Taiwanese people; implementing important military facilities in Taiwan, etc. Missile attacks, cyber attacks; landing operations to suppress Taiwan before foreign troops intervene. The white paper also uses a relatively large amount of space to compare the military power of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, claiming that the military balance between the two “changes in the direction of favoring the mainland, and the gap tends to increase year by year”, deliberately creating public opinion that China will “change the status quo by force”.
Concealing Selfishness: Seeking to Double Defense Budget
In recent years, the Japanese government has been exaggerating the “deterioration of the surrounding security environment”, viewing China and North Korea as the biggest threats to Japan, and instilling this “threat” on the Japanese people to the greatest extent possible. The “Defense White Paper” has become an excellent platform for the Japanese government to promote the “China threat”.
Japan’s perception of the so-called “China threat” has become more solidified after the escalation of the Ukraine issue. At the same time, under the “normalization” of China-US strategic competition, Japan, as an ally of the US and at the “front line” of containing China, is determined to fight against China with the US. This approach by the Japanese government contains huge ambitions, that is, by exaggerating the “deterioration” of Japan’s surrounding security environment, to find an excuse for itself to speed up military loosening and get rid of post-war restraints, to increase its military budget, expand armaments and even develop offensive weapons. Many public support. The focus is on increasing military spending, raising the defense budget to 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). That goal is the LDP’s request to the Kishida government this year. The Japanese government is actively preparing for the upcoming defense budget application, so it intends to make these exaggerations, and specifically lists the defense cost comparison between Japan and many countries to highlight Japan’s low spending, to find reasons for increasing the defense budget and to seek popular support.
In November 2021, Fumio Kishida claimed that he would “not rule out the ability to attack enemy bases, etc.” when he attended the review ceremony of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The ability to attack enemy bases has now been renamed the “counterattack capability”, and its objectives have also been expanded.
Demonstrate ambition: Accelerate the pace of “strong soldiers”
Another aspect of the new version of the “Defense White Paper” that needs special attention is the appearance of an unprecedented “strong military” color, that is, after the above-mentioned rendering, it is emphasized that Japan must increase its armaments. This is also an important feature that Japan has shown in the field of security in recent years. Regarding the specific measures for “strengthening the military”, the new white paper focuses on two aspects: one is to seek a stronger deterrent force, and the other is to continue to strengthen the construction of military power in the three new fields of space, network and electromagnetics.
In a separate volume (special volume), the white paper first states that in a severe security environment, it emphasizes that “deterrence is indispensable for preventing behaviors that use force to change the status quo”, and then introduces Japan’s current deterrence measures: strengthening Self-defense system, let the other side realize that it is not easy to invade Japan; strengthen the Japan-US alliance, and use the “extended deterrence” provided by the United States to improve deterrence and response capabilities.
In terms of continuously strengthening military strength in new fields, as a priority option in Japan’s military strength building for a period of time in the future, for the third consecutive year, the white paper introduces measures to fundamentally strengthen three major areas in special episodes and special chapters: in the space field, To strengthen special forces in the space field, the Ministry of Defense and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United States will strengthen cooperation; in the network field, strengthen special forces, participate in actual combat exercises, and cultivate talents; in the electromagnetic field, build emergency situations that can be paralyzed A system in which the opponent’s electromagnetic system is used to gain advantages and conduct various operations.
In addition, the new version of the white paper also mentioned in the commentary column that it plans to revise the “National Security Strategy” and other three documents by the end of the year. The “counterattack capability” was originally called “the ability to attack enemy bases”. In April this year, the Liberal Democratic Party changed it to this name in the “Proposal on Formulating a New Version of National Security Strategy, etc.” submitted to the Kishida government, and proposed that the “counterattack” target is not only the opponent Missile bases, which also include agencies with “command and control functions.” As the spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, the Japanese side has publicly stated in the white paper that it will revise the defense documents before the end of the year, further increase the defense budget, and develop the so-called “counterattack capability”. Farther and farther on the road.
These routines of the new white paper were soon used by the Japanese government on the Taiwan issue. Recently, in response to Pelosi’s departure from Taiwan and China’s countermeasures, the Kishida government not only issued a wrong statement in conjunction with other G7 countries, but also repeatedly “touched China” in military exercises, claiming that China’s actions “are related to Japan’s security.” A major issue”, deliberately exaggerating “If there is something in Taiwan, there is something in Japan.” Such behavior by Japan will have a serious impact on Sino-Japanese relations and peace and stability in Northeast Asia.
As Japan’s new “Defense White Paper” accuses China of smearing China’s defense policy, normal military development and legitimate maritime activities, exaggerating the so-called “China threat”, and interfering in China’s internal affairs on the Taiwan issue, my country expresses strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition, and proposes to the Japanese side Strictly negotiate.