Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Japan vs. The World: The Collective Self-Defense-IV/The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands-XXXX
Ironically, some countries (such as Philippine and Australia), which were invaded by Japan in the war, publicly support Abe’s idea because they believe Abe’s propaganda (Australian Financial Review July 2, 2014; Philippines Daily Inquirer July 1, 2014). Even Washington expressively endorsed Abe’s cabinet decision (Guardian July 1, 2014). Since the United States has faced its financial crisis at home due to the massive spent in Iraqi and Afghanistan wars in the last decade, Abe has utilized Obama’s pivot-Asian-policy to leverage his collective self-defense puffery. As the Western media points out, two issues forced Abe to justify the reinterpretation of Article 9. (1) “The Abe government privately fears that if Japan does not show a broader willingness to fight for the United States, then Washington might abandon its commitment to defend the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, leaving Japan at the mercy of China in the ECS (Deutsche Welle World July 1, 2014).
Chinese Spokesperson. Source: Waijaobu, July 1, 2014 (accessing July 8, 2014).In other words, while Abe leveraged Obama’s policy for his “own” purpose – against China to protect the Diaoyu Islands, Obama expects Japan to help fund Washington’s pivot-Asian-policy in the Asian region. (2) “Abe has justified the reinterpretation of Article 9 by pointing to China’s maritime advance abroad (Ibid).”
Abe hints that collective self-defense could be extended to other nations including Australia, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, and India, creating an anti-China network. As the spokesman in Waijiaobu states,
Due to historical reasons, Japan’s political moves in the military and security field have long been closely watched by its Asian neighbors and the international community. Recently, Japan’s ruling authority has been stirring up troubles on historical issues on the one hand, and taking unprecedented measures in the military and security field on the other hand, bringing great changes to Japan’s military and security policies. People cannot but question whether Japan is deviating from the path of peaceful development that it has been upholding since the end of WWII. We have noted that there are strong objections in Japan to the lifting of the ban on the collective self-defense right.
It is the general public of Japan that should have the final say on which way Japan should follow in terms of national development. We are opposed to Japan’s pursuit of its domestic political goal by deliberately making up the so-called “China Threat.” We urge the Japanese side to earnestly respect the legitimate security concerns of its Asian neighbors and prudently deal with relevant issues. It must not undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests, nor shall it harm regional peace and stability (Waijiaobu website July 1, 2014).