Japan’s cabinet has approved a new national security strategy and increased defence spending in a move widely seen as aimed at China, the BBC reports. Over the next five years, Japan will buy hardware including drones, stealth aircraft and amphibious vehicles. The military will also build a new marine unit, an amphibious force capable of retaking islands.
The move comes with Tokyo embroiled in a bitter row with Beijing over East China Sea islands that both claim. It reflects concern over China’s growing assertiveness over its territorial claims and Beijing’s mounting defence spending. “China’s stance toward other countries and military moves, coupled with a lack of transparency regarding its military and national security policies, represent a concern to Japan and the wider international community and require close watch,” the national security document said.