Japan Criticizes Beijing for Construction on Fiery Cross Reef
Published By : 21 Jul 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
In the ongoing fight over the disputed Spratly Islands between China and its neighboring counties, Japan has alleged China for employing ‘high handed’ tactics for asserting claims over the South China Sea.
Japanese leaders alleged that, China’s efforts for the construction of the foundation structure of the military base on Fiery Cross Reef, which is among one of the seven artificial islands created by China in the disputed Spratly Islands is a major move to invite criticism.
The accusations from Japan come as Japanese lawmakers are discussing legislations that will empower the country for a collective self-defense, which will be happen first time since World War II. In the interim, Japan Self Defense Force (SDF) will extend participation for joint drills with Australia and the United States on Australian soil which is scheduled for later in the year.
As stated by Christopher Hughes, who is professor of Japanese studies and international politics at University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, the insertion of words such as ‘belligerent’ from Japan for China is quite a step from its earlier language which used ‘concern’ type expressions.
In response, China alleged Japan for attempting to smear China and trying to create tension in the region. In the last few months, China has added almost 800 hectares to the disputed seven reefs area, which includes an air landing ground on Fiery Cross Reef. Most of the reefs in the area are also claimed by Philippines.
The region of the South China Sea is becoming increasingly tensed in the last few months as nations are overturning China’s claims on the area. In June this year, the U.S. and the Philippines carried military exercises as Philippine and Japanese navies extended participation for training on Palawan province island near the South China Sea.