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9 in 10 Japanese fear China will invade Taiwan — Survey

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A survey conducted on Saturday found that 9 in 10 Japanese expressed fear that China may invade Taiwan over territorial disputes.

The Mainichi Shimbun and Saitama University’s Social Survey Research Center conducted the poll. The survey polled 1,040 people about their concerns about China invading Taiwan and Russia invading Ukraine.

Among the respondents, 56% expressed that they have “strong concerns” that China could invade Taiwan, while 33% stated that they have “some degree of anxiety.”

Fears of China invading Taiwan stem from an ongoing territorial dispute between China and Japan over a chain of islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

Concerns about a potential invasion amid the Russia-Ukraine invasion have grown as the number of Taiwanese people seeking independence from China has increased.

In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the survey found that 87 percent of respondents were concerned. 46 percent of those polled expressed “strong concerns” about how it might affect Japan’s security, while 41 percent expressed “some degree of anxiety.”

When asked if Japan should send bullet-proof vests to Ukraine, 61 percent said it was “reasonable,” while an even larger percentage said Japan should provide more military aid. Another 11% believed that Japan did not need to assist Ukraine’s military.

In comparison to a similar survey conducted by Nikkei Asia on Feb. 28, which found that 77 percent of respondents were afraid of China invading Taiwan, Saturday’s poll revealed a significant increase in respondents’ fears.

Concerns were found to be higher among people in their 40s and 50s in a survey conducted by Nikkei Asia. Within this age group, 83 percent of those polled were concerned that China would invade Taiwan.

Taiwanese independence campaigners rally in 2018 for Taiwan’s independence from China.

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