Translated by People's Daily Online
"Joint military drills are held by Japan and the United States every year, but this is the first time that the drills were focused on seizing islands," said Zhang Zhaozhong, rear admiral at China's National Defense University. Therefore, it is worthy of attention.
"Japan does not hope to irritate China"
In Zhang's opinion, Japan claimed that the drills were not directed against any third country but Japanese Defense Ministry officials said the military exercise was aimed at the Diaoyu Islands, which is an obvious reference to Japan's island-protection exercise directed at China's Diaoyu Islands. Japan and the United States chose Tinian Island as the site for military exercise because the island is far from the Diaoyu Islands and Japan does not hope to provoke China.
The United States intends to put pressure on China
Zhang pointed out that China has a stronger fighting capability than Japan in a war for the Diaoyu Islands, because China's coastal areas are close to the islands and the radar and missiles there can cover all the islands. However, the intervention of the U.S. military will change the military strength contrast between China and Japan, so China should prepare for it.
Zhang said that the United States is actively participating in the joint military drill with Japan, hoping to pose a strategic deterrent and put greater pressure on China.
Regarding the joint military drills, Zhang suggested that China should react appropriately in both diplomatic and military affairs.
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