Japan’s recent decision to develop new anti-ship missiles has China worried. Beijing suspects that Tokyo may be gearing up for war over disputed islands in the South China Sea. Japan, under its defense program, plans to develop new missiles capable of protecting remote areas of the country. These remote areas also include a set of disputed islands. China intends to deploy carrier killers in the South China Sea. The United States already sanctioned deployment of nuclear bomber triad in the Pacific. Japan has now announced development of anti-ship missiles with a range of about 300 kilometers which is just enough to cover the disputed islands called Senkaku Islands in Japan and the Diaoyu Islands in China. This massive movement of military is quickly turning the South China Sea into a battleground.
The move from Japan received intense criticism from China. Beijing believes that Tokyo may be preparing for an all-out war in the region. Zhou Yongsheng, a professor at the Institute of International Relations at the China Foreign Affairs University believes that if Japan were to develop these missiles, they could put on a tough fight,
These missiles may surpass the Russian S-300 missile systems in terms of range. Furthermore, Japanese missile systems will be more advanced than the Chinese ones.
The announcement has received mixed views within Japan. As per local reports, the new missiles will be developed by 2023 which many consider to be too late. Some people suggest that the missile be deployed directly on the disputed islands. There are others that want the missiles to be developed within the next two years.
Foreign defense analysts, and military experts maintain a strong view that a military conflict between China and Japan over disputed islands is highly unlikely. They believe that such a conflict would not serve the interests of either countries and would land a significant blow to Japanese economy.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.