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"China threat" hyped in Japan's defense white paper merely excuse for rightist agenda

Why Japan's China rhetoric in defense white paper fallacious?

The Japanese cabinet on Tuesday approved the country's defense white paper for 2015, which gave a significant portion to whipping up the hysteria of "China threat".

In an apparent bid to justify Japan's new security bills, the document ignores facts, makes irresponsible remarks on China's normal military growth and maritime activities, deliberately plays up "China threat", and stirs up tensions in the region.

The following are some of fallacies in the document that could be easily spotted by anyone who is familiar with Asia's regional affairs:

Fallacy No. 1: China's military development poses a severe threat to Japan.

Truth: China adheres to peaceful development and its national defense is defensive in nature, and its strategic intentions are transparent. The normal development of China's military capabilities poses no threat to any other country.

The Japanese side must stop such foul practices of misleading the Japanese people, or creating obstacles for the improvement of China-Japan ties.

Fallacy No. 2: China's maritime activities have harmed regional stability.

Truth: China always carries out normal maritime activities in accordance with international laws and relevant domestic laws, and China's oil and gas exploration in undisputed waters of the East China Sea under China's jurisdiction is "justified, reasonable and legitimate," as said by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang.

China's construction on some garrisoned Nansha islands and reefs is fully within China's sovereignty and does not affect or target any other country.

Meanwhile, Japan, which is not a claimant of the South China Sea, has stoked tension by interfering in the matter. Such acts run counter to regional peace and stability, and have severely undermined the political and security mutual trust between China and Japan.

Fallacy No. 3: China's patrol missions around the Diaoyu Islands are illegal.

Truth: The Diaoyu Islands have been China's inherent territory since ancient times, and China's patrolling and law enforcement activities in Chinese territorial waters off the Diaoyu Islands are China's inherent right.

China will continue to take necessary measures and stay firm in safeguarding territorial sovereignty. Meanwhile, China stands for the proper settlement of this issue through dialogue and consultation.

[Source: Xinhua, Beijing, 22Jul15]

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