Japan plans to deploy nukes near Taiwan: Japan’s new missile installations serve as a deterrent and are within the territory of disputed territories such as the Diaoyutai Islands , ensuring that the country has adequate protection against potential Chinese invasion of the region.
Japan is reportedly planning to deploy missile units next year on an island 300 kilometers off the coast of Taiwan, in a bid to challenge China’s dominance in the South China Sea. The move is aimed at countering Beijing’s growing naval presence in the region, which has a history of military conflicts, Japanese media reported, saying the nuclear bombs could also help deter a potential Chinese attack.
Japan plans to deploy ground self-defense force (GSDF) missile units on Ishigaki Island, just 306 kilometers from Taiwan Taiwan International Airport. The new unit, which is targeted to be operational by 2022, will also be operated by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF) with 500 to 600 troops.
Information that the Japanese Ministry of Defense is planning to set up an electronic warfare unit on the island of Yonaguni by the end of 2023. According to local news agencies, the country is also building a new SDF base on Mageshima Island.
A brief history of the conflict
The Chinese navy – the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) – has recently expanded its presence on the Miyako Strait, the waterway between Miyako Island and Okinawa Island, and has a wider route with international waters and airspace. Being the widest strait in the Ryukyu Islands, it is one of the only international waterways that China would like to use to gain access to the Pacific Ocean from the East China Sea.
It is in this area that Japan and China have been embroiled in a dispute over the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyutai Islands), which has damaged diplomatic relations between the two countries, at least since early 2010. Beijing, which continues to refer to the Senkaku Islands as the ‘natural territory’ of the country, has rapidly built artificial islands with military infrastructure in the region.
Although the two lands have been managed separately for more than seven decades, China has declared full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of about 24 million people located on the southeast coast of mainland China.
In the process, China is now claiming sovereignty over almost the entire sea area.
Japan’s defense plan against China
Japan’s new missile installations serve as a deterrent and are within the territory of disputed territories such as the Diaoyutai Islands, ensuring that the country has adequate protection against potential Chinese invasion of the region.
With the formation of a new missile chain next year, Ishikagi Island will become the fourth land in the Nancy Island chain armed with missiles. The island chain runs southwest from Kyushu to Taiwan and is part of the strategic First Island Chain, which stretches from the Kuril Islands in the north to Borneo in the south.
One of the new units will also have the surface-to-surface ship and ground-to-air missiles, while another unit will conduct an initial reaction to a military attack. According to Taiwan News, the missile batteries in Ishigaki will reach units in the islands of Amami-Oshima, Okinawa, and Miyako.