Japan’s military seeks record spending to counter N Korea, China moves

(From Reuters) Japan’s defense ministry on Wednesday asked for a hike in spending to record levels, as it juggles its responses to a growing ballistic missile threat from North Korea and China’s assertive moves in the East China Sea. If… Read More › sci tech news

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Electronic warfare comes to the South China Sea (and why it matters)

(From The National Interest) “An information technology-based war at sea is sudden, cruel and short…” was how the Chinese military characterized a peer-to-peer naval conflict at sea in a public statement at the beginning of the month during PLAN naval exercises…. Read More › sci tech news

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Japan, China, South Korea foreign ministers to meet this week

TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) – Foreign ministers from Japan, China and South Korea will meet in Tokyo for two days this week to discuss cooperation, the countries said on Monday, after tension among them raised doubt about prospects for talks. Relations between… Read More ›
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China strongly warned Japan not to send SDF to South China Sea

(From Kyodo) China strongly warned a high-level Japanese official around late June that Tokyo should not send its Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to join U.S. operations that test the freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, diplomatic sources said… Read More ›
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Japan gives Philippines patrol ships, discusses new rail project

(From AFP) Japan on Friday announced it would give the Philippines two new vessels to boost Manila’s capacity to patrol its waters, with the allies facing Chinese aggression in separate maritime disputes. Japan, the Philippines’ top source of aid, said… Read More ›
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China’s permanent conflict strategy is a stroke of genius

(From The National Interest) Tokyo lodged a series of protests over the weekend regarding renewed Chinese activity in the disputed East China Sea. Japan has claimed that China recently installed a radar on a Chinese offshore gas platform. Japan’s protests… Read More ›
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New images suggest China has built ‘reinforced hangars’ on Spratlys

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Recent satellite photographs show China appears to have built reinforced aircraft hangars on its holdings in the disputed South China Sea, according to a Washington-based think tank. Pictures taken in late July show the hangars constructed on… Read More ›
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Japan urges China not to escalate East China Sea tension

By Kaori Kaneko TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan said on Monday it would respond firmly after Chinese government vessels had intruded into what Tokyo considers its territorial waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea 14 times at the weekend,… Read More › Syndicated from Asia Times

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Japan Self Defense Force can do the balancing act in East Asia

Japan should expand its current scheme for military engagement and involvement with Southeast Asian militaries. Its Self Defense Force should join US Navy 7th Fleet patrols and exercises in the Southeast Asia region – even if not specifically Freedom of… Read More ›
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Commitment to Tokyo may push US into war with China over Senkakus

(From The National Interest) China’s increasingly truculent behavior in the East and South China Seas has generated apprehension over China’s intentions and deepened U.S. concerns, especially over freedom of navigation, land reclamation and the potential militarization of disputed features by… Read More ›
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