An arms race is building between China and its neighbours
It has now emerged that Tokyo is planning to convert some of its Izumo-Class helicopter carriers into aircraft carriers, the country's first in 80 years, making them capable of using fixed wing warplanes, probably American F-35 stealth fighters with vertical take-off and landing capabilities.
There has been an immediate reaction from China, with the accusation that acquiring the aircraft carriers and the fighters would breach Article 9 of Japan's constitution post-war.
The concern about conflicts in the Far East have focused on North Korea. But the longer-lasting undercurrent of tension, which may yet lead to hostilities, has been around China and surrounding states that believe Beijing is trying to spread its hegemony in the South China Seas by claiming strings of manmade islands and the strategic waters around them.
A few weeks before the news of the Japanese carriers, China announced that it would launch its second aircraft carrier in just over two years, paving the way to start the manufacture of a third.
Strowback-8 hours ago
China, Pakistan & North Korea the Axis of Evil in the world
Sanjay-8 hours ago
China and pakistan are a threat to world peace
Nandakumar-8 hours ago
Cunning China is clear present danger in South East Asia and it's arrogancy and invading every borders of it's neighborer is not acceptable.
Pervinder Sangwan-8 hours ago
Chineese Imperialism and increasing military power is responsible for the arm race in this region..
Dangalla Dinamani-Sun-7 hours ago
When TimesofIndia doesn''t have any news, it will focus on China..... fake news champion TimesofIndia....jai...hai
Ajeet-Delhi-8 hours ago
The world respects and listens to power and money. Of you wish to dominate the world then have these two in an overwhelming manner. India needs to have them this way.
Justice For All-From Mera Bharat Mahaan-8 hours ago
SCS is going to be the new flash point for a major war in future - China vs coalition of all stake-holders with backing of US, Japan and India.
南海将成为未来大战的导火索，中国 VS 所有利益相关的联盟+美日印的支持。
Lokendra Chauhan-Akola-5 hours ago
Collaboration is the way to go. India, Australia, Japan, Vietnam and anyone else willing to join......that''s a good option.
Justin Seth-6 hours ago
Japan, India, Australia, Vietnam, USA should build a series of artificial islands in the South China sea (International Waters) with military bases which will restrict and hamper any free movement of Chinese vessels. China wants to own the world. Time for the world to act.
Ramesh Usa-8 hours ago
While all these guys flex their muscles, nature is showing all of them that nature has more power to destroy all. tsunami, hurricanes, typhoons, forest fires and so on. Little that these countries realize they have limites time for earth!