China is unilaterally changing status quo in India, South China Sea: Japan
Japan’s white paper lay emphasis on changing Chinese behaviour and its unchecked involvement in one-sided escalation activities in Indo-Pacific region
Highlighting the growing Chinese aggressiveness and its attempt to change status quo unilaterally in several areas in Asia, including India, Bhutan and South Asia, Japan on Tuesday came out with white paper on the security in the Indo-Pacific region, WION reports.
Bejing has been, “unilaterally enforcing its power on the border between China and India, the Bhutan border, in the South China Sea, the East China Sea and multiple places. We wrote specifically about its behaviour (in the white paper),” Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono was quoted by Associated Press news agency as saying.
The white paper laid also emphasis on China’s attempt to change the status quo in Senkaku islands and the South China Sea.
“China has relentlessly continued unilateral attempts to change the status quo by coercion in the sea area around the Senkaku Islands, leading to a grave matter of concern,” the Japanese Defence Minister said.
Explaining how "The Chinese Navy and Air Force have in recent years expanded and intensified their activities in the surrounding sea areas and the airspace of Japan, and there are cases involving the one-sided escalation of activities, Taro Kono said Beijing is trying to change the status quo by coercion to create a fait accompli.
“China is moving forward with militarization, as well as expanding and intensifying its activities in the maritime and aerial domains, thereby continuing unilateral attempts to change the status quo by coercion to create a fait accompli,” the white paper of Japan said.
“China’s support for the construction of port infrastructure in Indian Ocean countries as well as Pacific island countries could lead China to secure bases available for its military purpose,” the white paper maintained, explaining how China’s activities are threatening territorial integrity of several countries in the Indo-Pacific region.