Media: Japan is conducting exercises in case China tries to seize the disputed islands

One scenario involves the possibility of Chinese naval police and patriotic activists from the PRC landing on the Senkaku, Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported

Media: Japan is conducting exercises in case China tries to seize the disputed islands

Japan’s armed forces, coast guard, police and foreign ministry have for several years conducted regular secret joint command post exercises to practise their operations in case Beijing tries to capture the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu), which the PRC considers its illegally occupied territories. The Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported this on Monday, citing knowledgeable sources.

According to them, at some stages the staff exercises were joined by the American military “at the level of colonels.”

One scenario for the exercise was that Chinese naval police and so-called patriotic activists from the PRC would land on the Senkaku. In this case, only the Japanese Coast Guard and police were supposed to be involved, while simultaneously Japan and the US Navy held a joint exercise off the islands to have a “deterrent effect” on Beijing. Other scenarios envisaged the possibility of escalation of the conflict up to and including the involvement of armed forces. Cooperation on the evacuation of the Japanese population from remote islands in the confrontation zone was practiced.

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