According to media report on Nov 21st, Japanese government considered CCP as a challenge to Japan’s national defense security in its revised national security strategy, emphasizing peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and expressing Tokyo’s stance that Beijing should not allowed to invade Taiwan by force. This move demonstrated that Japanese government would be on the same page as the US and the NATO, which treated the CCP as a challenger. Over the previous year, CCP’s coast guard vessels have been navigating in the waters around the Senkaku Islands and engaging in threatening military provocation across the Taiwan Strait. Xi’s attempt to unilaterally change the status quo of the region is increasingly evident.
These pressure from Beijing have made Tokyo explicitly define the threat posed by CCP in its new strategic principal. The revised edition of national security strategy would become the guideline for Japan’s foreign security policy for the next decade.