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Title: China's overrated military capabilities and its image manipulation: a Japanese perspective on the state of the South China Sea
Authors: 松村昌廣
Keywords: China;South China Sea;military power;warfighting capability;Japanese perspective
Date: 2016-09
Issue Date: 2017-12-04 17:23:14 (UTC+8)
Abstract: China’s massive arms buildups have exerted overpowering psychological effects over Southeast Asian countries. Yet, the world suffers the dearth of objective assessment of China’s warfighting capabilities, and is only ill-informed with partial impressionistic evaluation thereof that is based on the quantity of major platforms and weapons. In fact, China itself appears to have emphasized its military power in that manner, greatly having influenced the world perception on regional military balance of power in favor of China. Here, a Japanese perspective is of growing importance particularly because Japan in tandem with the U.S. has begun playing a larger military role of checking China in the South China Sea. This paper is an attempt to appraise the capabilities based on Japanese-language open source analyses of Japanese non-governmental experts and distill the Japanese strategic thinking in contrast to the Chinese counterpart. It is hoped that this work will enable further in-depth discussion that is underpinned on a cultural-philosophic understanding.
Relation: Issues & Studies,52(3), 1650009
Data Type: article
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