By Rahul Kumar
New Delhi, May 16: Japan is currently debating whether its proposed counterattack capability should also include targeting China’s top decision-making body, the Central Military Commission (CMC).
In April, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party urged the government to develop a “counterattack capability” in a bid to bolster national defense. Japan has been on high alert for several months as it watches China’s military rise accompanied by voluble threats to take control of Taiwan by force.
The Japanese news agency Kyodo reported on Sunday that the question of whether the CMC would be a target “came to light during a parliamentary meeting last week when the Ministry of Defense did not respond directly to a question from ‘an opposition MP investigating whether what until recently called ‘enemy base attack capability’ targets would include China’s CMC.
Kyodo reports that during a meeting of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Japanese Communist Party member Keiji Kokuta asked if the government plans to include the CMC and the five Chinese theater commands among the targets. a counter-attack capability. The Japanese government did not answer the question directly, but Makoto Oniki, Deputy Defense Minister, said: “Attacking the base with a guided missile would constitutionally be self-defense if (the government) perceives that there is no other way (to defend Japan).”
The five commands are responsible for the defense of the eastern, southern, western, northern and central regions of China. Its Eastern Theater Command oversees Taiwan, Japan and the East China Sea. China has just under 2,000 missiles that can reach Japan.
Currently, Japan has defensive capabilities that allow it to intercept enemy strikes. Lawmakers now want Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to develop “counterattack capabilities” so Japan can attack enemy bases and disable enemy weapons. The government, however, has not stated its position on counterattack capability.
There is a strong belief in Japan that should China attack Taiwan – which it considers a renegade mainland province – the attack could easily spread to Japanese islands, many of which are located close to Taiwan. The Japanese believe that to take control of Taiwan by force, China is likely to attack Japan as well, which could lead to full-scale war in the region.
Fears of a Chinese military attack on Taiwan grew after the Russian attack on Ukraine.
Since last year, Japan has increased its defense budget, bought more weapons from the United States and pressured friendly Western countries on the specter of war in the region due to China’s aggressive measures. .
Besides friction over Taiwan, Japan and China are locked in disputes over the Senkaku Islands – currently with Japan, which are located near Taiwan.