While the Chinese regime continues to show its military strength, the former head of Japanese naval forces pointed out that it is time for Japan to increase its military exchanges and cooperation with its neighbour Taiwan, which is also threatened by hostile activities in Beijing. region.
At the forum of the Sasakawa Foundation for Peace held in Washington on May 2, Tomohisa Takei, a retired admiral and former chief of staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), stated that Japan must remain alert to ensure that China does not have the opportunity to change the status quo in the region.
Takei also called on Japan to increase military communication and exchanges with its southern neighbour, Taiwan and commented that there is currently “almost nothing” in terms of cooperation between the Taiwanese Navy and the JMSDF.
“Taiwan has a strong navy, there should be more interactions between the vessels of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Taiwanese Navy ships to avoid accidents,” Takei said. “Japan and China have already agreed to establish a maritime communication mechanism and aerial Japan should also establish that communication with Taiwan. ”
Takei, who was head of the Japanese naval forces from 2014 to 2016 and is now a member of the United States Naval War College, also reported that the biggest hostile military expansion of Beijing in the region, have as their main objective the reconquest of Taiwan. In addition to Taiwan, Takei also opined that Japan needs to increase its commitment to “like-minded countries” in the Indian Ocean to resist the expansionist power.
The United States maintains a close military relationship with Japan since both countries have a mutual defence treaty. However, due to Beijing’s political pressure, Japan has not established a mechanism of military cooperation or exchange with Taiwan, which is Japan’s closest neighbour to the south.
“There is a lot of potential for Taiwan to cooperate more with Japan, especially in military aspects.” David An, a principal investigator of the Taiwan Global Institute, told The Epoch Times: “Since much of the [military equipment of Taiwan and Japan] is of US origin and they already have military communication systems in common, there is a lot of interoperability between armies of Taiwan and Japan. ”
A former politician-military affairs official at the US State Department, warned, however, that Taiwan’s military cooperation with countries outside the United States is often carried out in a quiet and discreet manner, to avoid interference from the United States.
Referring to Taiwan’s military exchanges with Singapore, which formally recognizes the status of the state of Taiwan, but usually sends troops to Taiwan for training and exercise, a low-profile program that existed for decades, which Beijing consistently opposes. “If cooperation is silent, then it is difficult to say the exact scope of cooperation, if high, medium or low,” An said.