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Japan Shoots Down Missile In Space

December 19th, 2007

Japan shot down a ballistic missile in space, high over the Pacific Ocean. This was done in coordination with the United States, and the only thing we can wonder is what China makes of all this. The reaction from Beijing was said to be “muted”, though it added that it “hoped Tokyo’s actions would be positive for peace and trust in Asia.”

China destroyed one of its own satellites in space, leading to great concern over China’s military intentions. I quite like China’s speechlessness over Japan’s recent missile testing, and I wonder where this is all going to lead. None of know what China intends, though it insists “we come in peace”.

When it comes to military involvement, Japan has cold feet - the result of lingering regrets over World War II - but with the US and China both making overtures to Tokyo, it’s going to be interesting to see what role Japan plays in the region in future. The Japan-US missile test is said to be about North Korea, but I can’t help but think this is just as much, if not more, about China.

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