China calls Japan’s new security laws threat to regional peace
Japan’s new security laws run counter to the trend of the times that upholds peace, development and cooperation, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MOD) said.
The MOD made the comment after Japan’s upper house of parliament passed the bills late Saturday, Xinhua said.
The Japanese upper house of parliament, irrespective of strong opposition from both the international community and its own people, forced through the bills in an unprecedented shift of military and security policy, the MOD said in a statement.
“The move has breached the restrictions of Japan’s pacifist constitution,” said the MOD.
Japan’s cold war mentality, its reinforcement of military alliances and attempts to send more troops abroad have aroused grave concern among its own citizens, Asian neighboring countries and the international society, the MOD said.
“We urge Japan to learn profound lessons from history, heed the security concern of its Asian neighboring countries, stick to the peaceful development road and do more that are conducive to regional peace and stability,” said the MOD.
It said the Chinese side will closely watch the next steps of Japan.
Commenting on the passing of the security bills, the state-run Global Times said they would not pose a threat to China.
As the US dominates the alliance, the landscape in the West Pacific primarily depends on the Sino-US relationship.
The security legislation is one of Japan’s moves to disturb the post-WWII system. Abe’s persistence in pushing the bills through shows how strongly he and his colleagues wish to make Japan an independent political and military entity, the newspaper said.
If one day Japan becomes a military power, Abe then can may be called the father of Japan’s military rejuvenation, it said.
Yet to achieve it, Japan has to drive US troops out of its territory, which will be a dreadful step for Tokyo. Until then, Japan will remain a puppet state of the US, the paper said.