PLA missile system uses Japanese-made switch
Turkey has decided to purchase the FD-2000, the export version of China's HQ-9 medium-to-long range surface-to-air missile, but the Global Times, a tabloid under the auspices of the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily, noted that the AZ8112 limit switch of the missile is actually made in Japan.
As China is currently locked in a territorial dispute with Japan over the Diaoyu (Diaoyutai or Senkaku) islands, the Global Times pointed out that it is a potential threat and Japanese electronic components can no longer be used in Chinese weapon systems. In addition to the HQ-9 missile, the report said that the submarine radar systems of the People's Liberation Army Navy are also made in Japan.
Without enough experience to produce its own electronic products, China has to import some electronic components from either Japan and South Korea. However, both Japan and South Korea support the "Asia Pivot" strategy of the United States — the US defense strategy from the Obama Administration that calls for strengthening American military might in the Asia-Pacific. For this reason, China's national security is thus in danger if it continues to rely too much on US allies to improve the quality of its weapon systems, the report said.
The disputed Diaoyu islands are controlled by Japan, which refers to them as Senkaku, and also claimed by Taiwan, where they are known as Diaoyutai.