FILE: South China Sea

BEIJING, China – A number of Asian countries, including Japan, South Korea, Australia and Singapore, are increasing their military budgets, according to sources, amid escalations by Chinese military aggression in the South China Sea.

This came at a time China has increased its military activities in the Pacific region, after signing a security pact with the Solomon Islands.

Japan’s relations with China are deteriorating over geopolitical tensions amid strong undercurrents of anti-China sentiments and security threats, as The Print reported.

People in Japan have already expressed their displeasure over China making claims on Senkaku Islands: a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, administered by Japan, located northeast of Taiwan, east of China, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands.

The patrolling of the Senkaku Islands by China is one such tactic where China continues to use tactics in the Taiwan Strait, the Washington-based group Global Strat View said.

China and Taiwan have laid claims to the Island causing Japan to increase its fortifications on the Yonaguni Islands, which is closest to Taiwan, according to the report.

Last year, around 70 sightings of Chinese vessels were reported outside the contiguous zone of 24 nautical miles by Japan.

The China-Japan dispute over the Diaoyu Islands is another example that Andrew Yang, the Secretary-General of the Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies Think Tank, described as a tactic to warn countries like Japan from challenging China in the western Pacific region, it reported.

Liu Pengyu, the spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy, stated that the Diaoyu Islands belonged to China and that they were determined to safeguard the territorial sovereignty.

Several countries including India, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore are increasing their military budgets and spending as they face increasing aggression from China.

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Consequently, the people of Taiwan have made local efforts to protect themselves from an uncertain future by attending urban warfare workshop, in what they call is a preparation to defend their country from a possible Chinese invasion.

China views the island as part of its territory and has pledged to take it one day, forcing the self-governed democracy live under constant threat from the People’s Republic.

A 47-year-old Yeh, whose call sign during the training is “Prof”, works in marketing. He spends the weekend attending an urban warfare workshop to prepare for what he sees as the very real threat of a Chinese invasion.

“The Russia-Ukraine war is a big reason why I came to this workshop,” Yeh tells AFP during a break between sessions, saying it has inspired him to take training session in order to prepare to defend his country if China would tend to invade Taiwan someday.

Ruth Lam, 34, works at an emergency vehicle lights manufacturer. She is learning to fire a handgun for the first time, saying most of her European clients had told her there would not be a war in Ukraine; “but it happened.”

She is hoping that knowing how to handle a gun might protect her and her family if there is war, and is planning to continue target practice with friends.

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