Accession Number : AD1020059

Title :   Approaches Japan Can Adopt to Deter China's Assertive Behavior in the International Arena

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,10 Aug 2015,10 Jun 2016

Corporate Author : US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Kamata, Hiroshi

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Report Date : 10 Jun 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 84

Abstract : Advocating its peaceful development to realize the great national rejuvenation, China continues its rapid economic growth and the military buildup to secure its interests. China conducts assertive actions like the establishment of Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the Japanese territory in the East China Sea. This thesis examines if China's assertive behavior continues, whether Japan's current strategy is adequate to ensure its strategic goals for the future by applying an international relation theory and Strategic Estimate. China's strategic problem to Japan is how Japan can offset China's threats, such as salami slicing tactics and an anti-access/ area denial (A2/AD) strategy. The thesis concludes Japan should make the more proactive strategic approach to restoring the balance of power between Japan and China. Japan must maximize its military power by self-help and simultaneously strengthen the Alliance with the U.S. and the security cooperation with Asian countries. The improved relationship with Russia will also be important to offset the Chinese threats. The main means are the boosted defense budget beyond 2 percent of GDP, the amendment to 9th article of the constitution, the increased host nation support (HNS) spending, and the continuation of its economic growth by social reforms and technological innovation.

Descriptors :   Japan , China , International relations , National security , strategy , military strategy , ALLIANCES , AREA DENIAL , EAST CHINA SEA , Russia , military budgets , government (foreign) , deterrence , economics , international law , political ideologies

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE