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Speculation is growing in Japanese security circles as to whether targets of a proposed “counterstrike capability” would include China’s Central Military Commission, its armed forces’ highest decision-making body headed by leader Xi Jinping.

The speculation came to light in a parliamentary meeting last week when the Defense Ministry did not answer directly a question from an opposition lawmaker seeking to know whether what has until recently been called “enemy base attack capability” targets would include China’s CMC.

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