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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - China's Military

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USTR FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE;
TREASURY FOR OASIA/IMI;
SECDEF FOR OASD/PA;
CP BUTLER OKINAWA FOR AREA FIELD OFFICE;
PACOM HONOLULU FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ADVISOR

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TAGS: OIIP KMDR KPAO JA
SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - CHINA'S MILITARY
DEVELOPMENT


1. LEAD STORIES: All Thursday morning papers gave
prominent front-page play to Sen. Hillary Clinton's
victories in three of the four Democratic primaries on
Tuesday.

2. "Concern about Chinese Military Buildup" The
business-oriented Nikkei editorialized (3/6): "A sharp
increase in military spending may lead to increasing
fear of a China threat.... Even though the country's
economy is growing rapidly, many Chinese people are
still suffering from poverty. What is the aim behind
China's military buildup? The fact that details of
Beijing's defense spending are unclear makes its
neighbors nervous. China would be better served by
curbing its military spending and increasing
transparency, shifting its priority to improving the
living standards of its citizens."

3. "U.S.-China Cyber War in the Offing" A reporter for
the conservative Sankei wrote (3/6): "The Defense
Department's report on China's military power released
on Monday revealed cases of illicit hacking of USG and
other computer networks. Noting that these attacks
appear to have originated from China, the Pentagon
document expressed concern about China waging cyber
warfare. Many experts believe that the two countries
were essentially at war in cyberspace after a U.S.
reconnaissance plane made an emergency landing on
Hainan in China in April 2001 after colliding with a
Chinese fighter. Depending on how one defines 'war,'
the U.S. and China are already in the preliminary
stages of one."

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