Japan finds eight Chinese and Russian warships in the sea near Japan
On June 22, CNN reported the sightings of at least eight Chinese and Russian warships in the seas near Japan this week, in another sign of the apparent pressure the two allies have on Japan. Meanwhile, their relationship deteriorated due to the Ukraine and Taiwan cases respectively.
Japan’s defense ministry said on Tuesday (June 21) that Japanese forces had observed five Russian warships, led by anti-submarine destroyers. Sailing through the Tsushima Strait It divides Japan and South Korea. Russia’s fleet of five ships is a week close to Japan from northern Hokkaido. to southern Okinawa
Meanwhile, Japanese forces observed at least two Chinese warships and a quartermaster ship in the Izu archipelago. Some 500 kilometers south of Tokyo, one of the ships was most likely a Lhasa. Guided missile-type destroyer and one of China’s most powerful surface ships.
Japan’s Ministry of Defense said The fleet has been in water near Japan since June 12.
Taiwan and mainland China have both ruled their territories since nationalists retreated to Taiwan at the end of China’s civil war more than 70 years ago, but the Communist Party of China who rules China views Taiwan as part of the mainland. Despite never ruling Taiwan, China has not ruled out the option of using military force to occupy Taiwan. And Japan sees the conflict as a threat to Japan.
As for Russia, experts spoke of frustration with Japan’s support for Ukraine. After Russian forces invaded Ukraine nearly four months ago, the support included sanctions against Russia and expelled Russian diplomats. Russia therefore wishes to use military force to threaten Russia with the hope that Japan will lift further such measures against Russia.