Japanese media said the Self-Defense Force stationed Yonaguni is intended to counter China
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??newspaper reporter stationed in Japan, Bae Jun
According to Japan’s “Sankei Shimbun” reported that the Japanese government to determine policy 4, located in the westernmost territory of Yonaguni configuration GSDF troops. The policy is written to the end of the development of a new one from 2010 to 2015 mid-term defense plan. This will be the Japanese island of Okinawa in the GSDF troops stationed in the Islands for the first time.
“Sankei Shimbun” said Japan’s move is “to ships sailing near the island to monitor and defend the islands. Is intended to strengthen the southwestern islands of defense, and military power and growing frequent activities in the East China confrontation. ”
reported that the Yonaguni stationed troops are the “coastal monitoring team”, the scale of dozens of people, the main responsibility is to use radar to collect intelligence ship sailing. Ministry of Defense to prepare the end of this year’s Defense Force headquarters is located in Naha, the first mixed group upgraded to brigade, to expand the number of people from 1800 to 2100, then from the brigade to the Yonaguni troops.
reported that, due to the lack of Yonaguni Island, the land force exercise enough, and the order not to provoke the Chinese to give up with combat units to consider. “But with that country’s slide airport two thousand meters, in the event of ‘something’, either accept the GSDF troops reinforcements, but also with the P3C Maritime Self-Defense Force AWACS.”
Yonaguni Island, Okinawa Prefecture Yaeyama under the county, area of ??28 square kilometers and a population of about 1,700 people. The westernmost island in Japan, from China Taiwan less than 110 km away from the Diaoyu Islands, about 120 km. Airport and the island has a natural harbor, has important strategic significance. According to the Japanese side to consider, where troops can be described as “double-edged sword,” both in the “Taiwan Strait” to respond quickly when, but also actively respond to the Diaoyu Islands and the East China Sea gas field dispute. Yonaguni local self-government attitude of the SDF’s settled quite positive, they consider a “double benefit”: First, expect the SDF to protect the safety of the island, the island is currently a total of only two police officers; the second is to accept troops from the government through obtain grants.
It is reported that the Liberal Democratic Party on National Defense Program Outline of proposed adjustment that the Japanese government should establish a sound system of the Islands of the guard area, in order to strengthen the defense of the southwest islands. Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada next week visit Yonaguni.
newspaper Tokyo July 6 Xinhua