Japanese MP Says Japan Could Become Chinese Province – Justin McCurry and Jonathan Watts

From Guardian Unlimited:

A senior official in Japan’s ruling party has warned that his country could become “just another Chinese province” within the next 20 years if Beijing’s military development continues at its current rapid rate.

In a speech in Nagoya, Shoichi Nakagawa, the chairman of the Liberal Democratic party‘s policy research council, claimed Beijing was “seeking hegemony” in Taiwan and beyond, local media reported.

“If something goes wrong in Taiwan in the next 15 years we [Japan] might also become just another Chinese province within 20 years or so,” he was quoted as saying by the Kyodo news agency….[Full Text]

-Photo source: Happier times: The Chinese foreign minister, Li Zhaoxing (r), is welcomed by his Japanese counterpart, Taro Aso, at talks in Tokyo last month. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AP.

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