The fact that the commander of the collective eastern forces felt a sense of crisis about China’s military readiness and made the problem public is noteworthy.
A “unilateral change of the status quo by force must never be allowed in the Indo-Pacific, especially in East Asia” ー PM Fumio Kishida.
Washington and Tokyo need to ensure that the expected series of Chinese blows do not paralyze the allied decision-making process.
There would be a powerful rationale for China to seal off Taiwan as quickly and completely as possible, with strategic implications for Japan and the US.
The national government and Okinawa Prefecture refuse to discuss the possibility of using Shimojishima Airport for fighter jets, preventing a stronger defense against China’s aggression.
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