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The overall plan guiding Japan’s defense buildup

Michael J. Green is a Japanologist and former top Asia expert on George W. Bush’s National Security Council. His new book, “Line of Advantage,” explains Japan’s China strategy to Western audience. Green: The primary goal of Japanese statecraft has been “to not lose”. China’s military buildups are “extremely offensive and aggressive if you’re Japan, or Philippines, or especially Taiwan” Taiwan is now the most likely flash point for war in the region. If Japan acquires 500 Tomahawk missiles, China might think twice about such a strike.