Japan should learn lessons from history and avoid beggar-thy-neighbor path: Defense Spokesperson

China Military Online
Li Wei
2022-12-29 19:44:42

BEIJING, Dec. 29 -- The China-related contents in the security documents newly revised by the Japanese government deliberately exaggerated the so-called "China threat", smeared China's buildup of national defense and armed forces as well as its normal military activities, grossly interfered in China's internal affairs, and created regional tension, said a Chinese defense spokesperson at a regular press conference on Thursday.

Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, made the remarks when asked to comment on Japan's newly revised security documents, which labeled China as an "unprecedented strategic challenge", included contents about Japan's defense spending increase and the Taiwan question, and also claimed that Japan would possess the "counterattack capability" to strike missile launch sites in enemy states.

"In recent years, Japan has seriously violated its own Pacificist Constitution and 'self-defense-only' policy," said Tan, adding that on the pretext of so-called external threats, Japan has massively increased its defense spending, stepped up military technology research and development in such areas as space, anti-missile defense and hypersonic weapons, and intensified military cooperation with the US.

The spokesperson also pointed out that Japan sought to develop the so-called "counterattack capability", clamored about "nuclear sharing" with the US, and eagerly joined the targeted small cliques following certain countries. "Japan has become a real challenge to regional peace, security and stability", he remarked.

Regarding to the Taiwan question, Tan made it clear that Taiwan is part of China, and the Taiwan question is purely China's internal affair. He recalled that the aggressive war against China waged by Japan had brought a severe disaster to the Chinese people, including the compatriots in Taiwan. Besides, Japan had admitted in its four political documents that the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) is the only legitimate representative of China, and that it fully understands and respects the Chinese government's stance that Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory. Therefore, what Japan should do now is to remember history, reflect on its crimes, keep its commitments, and watch its words and deeds.

Tan sternly warned that the Japanese side should learn lessons from history, refrain from muddying the waters and pursuing selfish gains on the Taiwan question, and avoid getting on the old beggar-thy-neighbor path that turns neighbors into enemies. It should do more to preserve regional peace and stability instead.

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