According to a report by Japan’s Kyodo News Agency on the 6th local time, Japanese media revealed on the 5th that the British navy will send the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth to the coast of Japan next year, and analyzed that the aircraft carrier will receive supplies at U.S. military facilities in Japan.
Shortly thereafter, voices within Japan’s Ministry of Defense and the Self-Defense Forces welcomed it, saying that the move “helps to strengthen China’s encirclement network”. However, the report also mentioned that “the opposition mainly depends on Hong Kong may also expand”.
Kyodo News Agency quoted Japanese government sources on the 5th as saying that the British navy will send an aircraft carrier strike group to the waters near Japan as early as early next year.
The report also specifically mentioned that China said that this was a “rare development” in response to China’s “increasing maritime autonomy” over the region. The report then quoted sources as saying that the aircraft carrier strike group, including Queen Elizabeth, will conduct joint exercises with the U.S. military and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.
After the release of the news, Kyodo News Agency updated the report on the 6th that Japan’s Ministry of Defense and the Self-Defense Force urgently welcomed it as “help to strengthen China’s encirclement network”.
On the other hand, on the grounds that it may increase military tensions, opposition, mainly relying on Hong Kong, may also expand.
Recently, mainly in the United States, some extraterritorial countries have frequently displayed muscles in the South China Sea and other waters of the West Pacific, which has increased regional tensions.
Japan continues to show its intention to strengthen cooperation with the United States, Australia and other countries to “control China”. A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said a few days ago that at present, with the joint efforts of regional countries, the situation in the East and South China Seas has remained generally stable and developing well.
Under this situation, individual foreign countries frequently speculate on issues related to the East and South China Seas from their own self-interest, and even send large-scale advanced warships and aircraft into relevant sea areas to promote militarization and threaten regional peace and stability.
China firmly opposes this and urges relevant countries to recognize the mainstream and general trend of regional development and respect the efforts of regional countries to maintain peace and stability in the relevant maritime areas.