China Flexes Its Military Muscle Again, This Time Toward Japan

In this April 23, 2019, file photo, a new type 094A Jin-class nuclear submarine Long March 10 of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy participates in a naval parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of China's PLA Navy in the sea near Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool, File)
  • China continues to flex its military muscles to its neighbors, though this time the target is new: Japan, which recently deployed a missile system on an island near Taiwan.
  • A Chinese naval flotilla led by the guided missile destroyer Lhasa has been sailing around Japan since April 30, according to Japan’s defense ministry.”
  • The flotilla initially passed through Japan’s Tsushima Strait and later moved through the Tsugaru Strait. On May 11, the Chinese warships were spotted in the Izu island chain.