Today's world is that Japan is still willing to be Taiwan's friend. The question is, does the KMT want to accept that friendship? Better ties with China shouldn't mean worsening relations with other countries.
Read the article more carefully - it talks about resources, not sovereignty over the region. A good development though note Taiwan is excluded - China has hardly offered it a place at the negotiating table.Are things ever that simple? not really as its a real Ménage à trois with China and Japan reporting being close to completing a deal to settle the East China Sea dispute.
Because the Japanese mainland is much further away, that's why. They could hit Okinawa, but given the US bases there that would be very stupid.How about the new Hsiung Feng IIE missiles ? They can hit Shanghai, why not Japan?
Without refuelling aircraft (which Taiwan doesn't have, nor has the US offered) they wouldn't pose a threat because Japan wouldn't attack Taiwan directly.The F-16s, IDFs, Mirage 2000Es, F-5s pose a threat to Japan.
If it came to conflict, the MSDF would come out tops. My view which I'm entitled to.If Taiwan sends its navy it would definately pose a threat and trouble the MSDF.