Shinzo Abe said that Japan is prepared to stand up to China, as the latter threatened with aggressive consequences if it will be provoked.
“There are concerns that China is attempting to change the status quo by force, rather than by rule of law. But if China opts to take that path, then it won’t be able to emerge peacefully,” Abe said.
Japan and China have developed tensioned relations lately due to a territorial conflict over the control of the inhabited islands in the East China Sea, known in Japan as the Senkaku islands and in China as Diaoyu.
A top Chinese diplomat on Saturday said that if Japan will attack its unmanned drones, Beijing would consider it as an act of war, according to the international press.
“Do not underestimate the Chinese Army in protecting its territorial sovereignty,” China’s Defence Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng had said on the ministry’s website.
Around two weeks ago, on October 15, a Chinese government official visited the Japanese officials to peacefully discuss in order to ease the tensions and improve the relations between the two states.