US considers deploying missiles in Japan to bolster defenses against China

Medium-range equipment would be sent to the Asian ally to improve defense systems; agreement has not yet been signed

Michael Ciaglo / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFPWashington studies the measure amid the crisis with the Asian country

the government of U.S suggested the deployment of medium-range missiles in the Japanto strengthen defenses against China along the eastern and southern seas of the Asian country. The information was published by the newspaper Sankei this Saturday, the 4th, in the midst of a crisis involving an alleged Chinese spy balloon. The outlet cited unidentified people active in the relationship between the United States and Japan. Deployment by US security forces could include long-range hypersonic weapons and Tomahawk missiles. The newspaper also says that the Japanese government will start internal discussions to accept the implantation. The location for deploying the weapons is still uncertain, but the vehicle states that Tokyo considers the island of Kyushu, in the south of the country, as a possibility. On Saturday afternoon, the 4th, the US Army shot down the alleged Chinese balloon that was flying over US airspace. Even so, three airports were closed as a precaution. China confirms that the equipment belongs to the country, but says it was used to obtain scientific and meteorological information.

*With information from Reuters

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