«Free and Open Indo-Pacific»: Focus on Japan and the US, key regional powers facing China – Update as of 17/10/2023

The files we follow: China in the Indo-Pacific; China’s political and commercial involvement in Africa; Chinese Defence and Taiwan Strait; China and Eastern Europe…


Japan, alongside regional allies, is working to establish a military balance in the face of China’s growing power, which is causing concern. Concerns also extend to the threats posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, Russia’s annexation of Ukraine, and Russian military expansion in Japan’s neighboring region. Tokyo has recently redefined its defense policy, seeking to strengthen and modernize its defense industry while promoting cooperation in equipment and technology. This new defense strategy emphasizes deterrence, counter-attack capabilities and a more offensive posture.

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