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Japan Defense Official Outlines Threat From More Assertive China

  • Longer-range missiles and territorial claims concern Japan
  • Japan to boost military budget past customary 1% of GDP limit
Yasuhide Nakayama
Yasuhide NakayamaPhotographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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Japan’s No. 2 defense official laid out the increasing threats he sees from a more assertive China, including longer-range missiles and more frequent airspace incursions, as the U.S. ally moves to boost defense spending to help counter Beijing.

“It’s already possible for them to aim at the East Coast and the White House,” Yasuhide Nakayama, Japan’s state minister of defense, said during a talk Monday to the Washington-based Hudson Institute, while holding a map showing the range of China’s latest JL-3 intercontinental ballistic missiles.