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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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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