Japan will seek to make its arms industry competitive globally and beef up defense of disputed islands that have fueled tensions with China, according to drafts of a new defense plan and its first National Security Strategy.
The foreign policy strategy emerging from China’s new leadership may include a series of incremental steps calibrated to blunt U.S. influence across Asia and sow doubt about America’s commitment to its allies in the region.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said an unpopular bill to protect state secrets is necessary to save lives as the regional security environment gets tougher, citing China’s establishment of an air-defense zone.
South Korea will extend its air- defense identification zone to cover islands and an underwater rock, a move that threatens to exacerbate tensions after China control over airspace claimed by neighbors.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged companies to increase wages faster than gains in the cost of living to break the legacy of 15 years of deflation, and praised Toyota Motor Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. for pledging to help.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping to reset relations after an escalation in bilateral tensions, invoking a 2006 visit to Beijing during his first administration.
Madeleine Albright, who served as secretary of state in President Bill Clinton’s administration, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is asserting his authority two years after assuming power by sacking his uncle, a senior military leader who had been installed as a regent to watch over the young ruler.