Recently, Japanese Defense Ministry set up a new camp of land “self-defense forces” on the Ishigaki Island, Okiwana, and deployed the “Model 12 surface-to-ship guided missile” and “Model 03 intermediate-range surface-to-air guided missile”.
As a result, land “self-defense forces” camps have been set up on the three westernmost islands of Nansei Islands.
According to media, there is a high probability that the U.S.-made cruise missile “Tomahawk” with the range of 1,250km and the “Model 12 surface-to-ship guided missile”, the range of which will increase to more than 1,000km, will be deployed on these islands in the future as a part of Japan’s moves to possess the “capability for counterattack”.
Considering that the distance between Taiwan and Nansei Islands is 110km at the shortest, we may well guess the purpose of the recent missile deployment.
When these missiles are deployed at the western end of Nansei Islands, the Chinese mainland will be placed within Japan’s firing range, to say nothing of the eastern coast of China.
Japan is justifying its military build-up on every occasion by spreading false rumors like “Taiwan emergency is Japan emergency”, “Today’s Ukraine is tomorrow’s East Asia” and highly publicizing a “threat from China”.
Last February, it was revealed that the U.S. suggested that Japan deploy the intermediate-range missiles to enhance its capability for “defence against China” in the eastern and southern seas of China.
In this regard, “Global Times” then wrote that this project will pose a serious threat to the countries in the region, and China has the right and capability to make strategic moves to counter all latent provocations.
China also warned that if the U.S. army in Japan and the Japanese “self-defense forces” interfere in the Taiwan issue, they will be faced with China's resolute counterattack and those immobile islands will be identified as easy targets to be demolished.
The local residents are raising their voices of protest and concern:
No missile bases on Ishigaki Island; Okinawa reduced to battle site again.
The above protests further emphasize the dangerous and wrongful nature of Japan’s missile deployment there.
Japan had better remind itself that its attempt at possessing the "capability for counterattack" will only incur security crisis upon its own islands and should refrain from foolish act of presenting itself as the U.S. cannon fodder in future.