Japan doesn’t mess around or mix words in their newest Defense of Japan 2023 white paper.
It’s crystal clear from the recently released strategy document that the country is pursuing new prioritises in long-distance counter-defence, proactive diplomacy and increased defence spending.
It’s also obvious that those priorities are aimed at concerns it has about China, Russia, North Korea and the potential threat of invasion. In fact it mentions China more than 60 times across the briefing.
That’s certainly something to be admired of in Australia where our very own Defence Strategic Review names China a measly nine times and skirts around the issue with a well-practiced ‘Australia will continue to cooperate with China where we can, disagree where we must’ company line.
From the DSR’s wording perhaps we are not justifing a military build-up in the Indo-Pacific and it’s simply the case that Prime Minister Anthony Albanese would just really like to have a few conventionally armed, nuclear propelled submarines sitting in the backyard?