China media slam Japan’s move to expand military role


BEIJING: China’s state-run media launched a broadside Wednesday against Japan’s move to loosen the bonds on its powerful military, casting it as a threat to Asian security.

The harsh criticism came one day after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his cabinet had formally endorsed a reinterpretation of a constitutional clause banning the use of armed force except in very narrowly-defined circumstances.

“The Japanese government is eager to break through the post-war system,” wrote the ruling Communist Party’s flagship People’s Daily newspaper in an editorial penned under the name “Zhong Sheng”, a homophone for “Voice of China”.

It called the Abe government’s move “a dangerous signal, as well as a wake-up call”.

In a commentary late Tuesday, China’s official Xinhua news agency challenged Tokyo with a question: “Is China on your military agenda?”

“Japan has a history of making sneaky attacks, as it did in launching wars with China, Russia and the United States in the recent 100 years,” Xinhua wrote. “Now, Japan, with greater freedom to use military force, is making the world more worried.”

China, home to the world’s largest military, far outnumbers rival Japan in manpower, ships, aircraft and defence spending.

China’s official defence budget last year came to $119.5 billion, while according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Military Balance 2014 report, released in February, Japan’s total was $51 billion.

Tokyo and Beijing have long been at odds over islands in the East China Sea, and Beijing has argued that a reinterpretation of Japan’s pacifist constitution could open the door to remilitarisation of a country it considers insufficiently penitent for its actions in World War II.

The state-run China Daily newspaper wrote that “the recalcitrant attempts by Japanese politicians, including Abe, to rewrite history and their country’s unseemly record in World War II are reminders that Japan doesn’t deserve being treated as a normal country”.

China’s nationalistic Global Times, which is close to the ruling Communist Party, ran a cartoon on Wednesday depicting Abe as the American action hero Rambo, with a Japanese flag bandanna tied around his forehead and wielding a large machine gun.

“Both Tokyo and Washington wish to see more disturbances in Asia, as the US hopes it will hinder China’s rise and Japan wants to seek opportunities to realise its rise both politically and militarily,” the paper wrote.

“China needs to expose the Japanese rightists’ evil intent.” AFP



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  1. welito rosal on

    what happen to the overly confident china? i thought china is a hard core bully but it only turns out a cry baby…

  2. eltee mulawin on

    >>> All the things what this Chinese saying to Japanese are actually they done it and they keep doing and will do excatly what they wanted to tell to the world for Japan intent. Chinese seems that the world has a narrow vision or eyesight like them. Chinese keep saying they wanted peace and at the same time doing a provocative action in the disputed Spratly and Paracel Islands. Chinese said that they have all documents as evidences for the said islands, but they don’t wanted to cooperate in the International Tribunal of United Nation.

    So globally the Chinese govt along with their Communist Party and Media are all sacks and fuzz hypocrites on this era of millenium. Anything Chinese says world shall expect opposite they will do. That’s why they love and used to Confuscious manner and behaviour. They bottom line of their strategy…”.let the enemy confuse”.