Japan’s majority of citizens believe that China should launch a military attack against Taiwan.
A poll by Nikkei Asia released Monday showed that Japan’s overwhelming majority believe their country should be prepared for an attack from China on Taiwan.
More than 90% of those surveyed agreed with this view in a May 27-29 survey.
While 41% think that Japanese laws need to be updated to deal with a possible conflict, 50% believe preparations must be made in accordance to existing laws.
Some 56% of the 935 respondents said they support the government’s proposal to boost the defense budget to 1% of GDP.
Article 9 of Japan’s constitution, passed after World War II, stipulates that its people “forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.”
Beijing regards Taiwan as part of China’s sovereign territory, according to the One China policy. Although Taiwan, a 23.5-million population, has been autonomous since 1949, it never declared its independence to China.
Chinese officials said that peaceful resolution would be preferable. “reunification”While they are in good standing with the island, we have not stopped thinking about the possibility of using force. Recent months have seen an increase in Chinese military drills and patrols of Taiwan.
US has strong, unofficial relationships with Taipei. Beijing claimed that it closely monitors the Russian military operation against Ukraine. This is in preparation for launching an offensive similar to Taiwan.
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