Sugiura Yasuyuki

Senior Fellow, China Division of Regional Studies, National Institute for Defense Studies

Sugiura Yasuyuki is a senior research fellow at the Regional Studies Department of the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Ministry of Defence, Japan. He specialises in Japanese-China relations, Chinese military affairs, and Chinese Cold War history. He has published books and articles in Japanese, English and Chinese, including The Japan-US Alliance Structure in the Eyes of China: Historical developments and the current situation, and many commentaries about China military affairs in Japanese media, such as Nikkei and Kyodo News.

This photo taken on 4 January 2021 shows Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers assembling during military training at Pamir Mountains in Kashgar, northwestern China's Xinjiang region. (STR/AFP)

Japanese academic: China needs to show more self-restraint in PLA's military activities

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has ramped up its military activities in the South China Sea, East China Sea and around the island of Taiwan in the year 2020. Japanese academic Sugiura Yasuyuki believes that such actions will continue to escalate this coming year. He thinks China needs to exercise some restraint to avoid destabilising the status quo in the East Asia region.