Japan concerned by China's navy, opaque leadership
TOKYO (AP) -
Japan is concerned that China's increased naval operations in the western Pacific coupled with a lack of transparency over who sets the Chinese military's agenda are posing a security threat in the region.
Japan's annual report on national defense, released Tuesday, says Chinese operations in the waters around Japan are becoming a routine occurrence. It also says uncertainty over how much power the military has in the decision-making process compared to the Communist Party leadership makes it difficult to understand the military's motives.
Chinese military activity has been evident lately in territorial disputes that have raised regional tensions. Japan and China are at odds over the Senkaku islands -- called Diaoyu in Chinese -- and China's navy has been increasingly involved in disputes over islands in the South China Sea.