The China factor behind Japan's latest defence moves

Japan's Prime Minister Abe stressed that any defence policy will respect the boundaries of the country's pacifist Constitution.
Japan's Prime Minister Abe stressed that any defence policy will respect the boundaries of the country's pacifist Constitution.PHOTO: JAPAN AIR SELF-DEFENSE FORCE/FACEBOOK

TOKYO - The worsening geopolitical climate, driven by what the Japanese perceive to be Chinese military expansionism, is a major factor behind Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to pave the way for Japan to acquire first-strike capabilities, analysts here have said.

The trigger for such discussions, which also come as its security ally United States presses it to do more in defence, is ostensibly the North Korean missile threat.

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