After this past week’s visit to Kyoto by Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan (which followed an attempt earlier this year at repairing frayed Sino-Japanese diplomatic ties), China is doing its best to calm Japanese concerns about China’s decade-long military expansion.
But AP reports that Japanese Defense Minister Masahiko Komura feels that Gangchuan “failed to address Japan’s concerns over surging Chinese military spending during talks this week”. Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s recent wooing of conservative elements in the Japanese government who view China as a strategic threat could indicate a more muscular Japanese defence and foreign policy is indeed in store. Japan’s recent nationalistic furvor (at times disturbingly aggressive) should not be discounted, either.
And of course there’s the ever-present nuclear question…