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Japan, Philippines agree to boost defense ties

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An obvious and reasonable development, but will any of these alignments actually change China's behavior?

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The two leaders also agreed to strengthen cyber and economic security.

The two leaders “resolved” to increase the defense capabilities

Kishida announced 600 billion yen in economic assistance from the public and private sector for the Philippines

Not a bad deal after handing over Japanese criminals

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/Philippines-deports-2-robbery-suspects-to-Japan

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An obvious and reasonable development, but will any of these alignments actually change China's behavior?

Considering that the US just concluded a new military agreement with the Philippines as well, it should give China something to at least think about!

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On the surface this alone doesnt seem like too much really, but with the new agreement that the US military made with the Philippines as well, it is not surprising that Japan jumped in too!

https://theconversation.com/the-us-and-the-philippines-military-agreement-sends-a-warning-to-china-4-key-things-to-know-199159

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Just learned that Brazil will use the Yuan as an exchange currency, distancing itself from the U.S. dollar.

what does that mean? Possible war with China. Remember the ransacking of Libya when it was about to create a currency to trade oil?

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HercolobusToday  08:41 am JST

Just learned that Brazil will use the Yuan as an exchange currency, distancing itself from the U.S. dollar.

what does that mean? Possible war with China.

It means Brazil and China which have a huge amount of trade are facilitating it. It doesn't have the kind of exaggerated geopolitical impact as you describe.

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GREAT NEWS! Containment is happening.

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The Pacific Ocean belongs to Japan and Philippines.

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Just learned that Brazil will use the Yuan as an exchange currency, distancing itself from the U.S. dollar.

They set up a clearing arrangement. Everytime you buy something from china you have to pay in RMB.

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Great news. US, Australia, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, and hopeful more formal arrangements with Vietnam too, and that should be a number on any expansionist ideas China has,

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The likely outcome is that the PRC government will feel even more surrounded by US or US allied military bases and thus threatened even more. The logical outcome would be more military spending and a cozier relationship with Russia. That's not the outcome that makes Japan (or the US) safer.

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Such agreements seem inevitable with China building military bases throughout the South China sea in attempts to gain control over the region. This is the region pushing back. Nobody is making such agreements with China, because nobody in the region trusts China or wants to ally itself to China. With the obvious exceptions of NK, Russia and Myanmar. All thoroughly untrustworthy and oppressive nations.

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The country with military bases in South Korea, Japan, The Philippines & Guam attempts to gain control over the region.

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Kishida always looks so smug.

I long for the day that Japan vote him out

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ZiziToday  01:04 pm JST

Kishida always looks so smug.

I long for the day that Japan vote him out

His own party will dump him before that happens.

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Ferdinand doesn't look too happy in the picture. Kishida is staying for the time being, as long as he does what Biden want's him to do. (In theory, Japan is a democracy, and Kishida could be voted out, but that is in theory...)

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Is the JSDF allowed by law to deploy overseas and threaten another peaceful country?

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Marcos looks very elderly and frail. I wonder how long he can maintain the top job in the Philippines?

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RodneyToday  03:17 pm JST

Is the JSDF allowed by law to deploy overseas and threaten another peaceful country?

Who are they threatening by participating in joint exercises by invitation?

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So yes of course it means possible war with China and no your not exaggerating.

It’s not an exaggeration. It’s history.

It means Brazil and China which have a huge amount of trade are facilitating it. It doesn't have the kind of exaggerated geopolitical impact as you describe.

That’s naive. The U.S. is not going to go down without a fight. Try and dedollarize and tamper with the dollar hegemony and you’ll have to pay the price. The dollar is the source of unparalleled power for the US. They have gone to war over this.

The Saudi’s, Russians, Indians, and Brazilians BRICS will soon find out. Countries must use and keep using the U.S. dollar or face the wrath of the US. Why do you think they killed Gadaffi or Hussein?

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Happy to learn that Pres Marcos is leaning towards the West unlike his predecessor who favored China. Looks like a sly plan to maintain his hold as president as there are rumors of him being unseated by his vice.

@awa no gaijin, most aren't noticing perhaps the inching up of another country which I think is basically run by China.

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@Awa no Gaijin Lol that ocean base China built is a sitting target. Its like shooting at an ostrich with his head buried in the sand!

Considering that the US just concluded a new military agreement with the Philippines as well, it should give China something to at least think about

I agree. China having built an ocean base well within Philippines territory Building a military base in Palawan tho will prove to be problematic and severely detrimental to the environment. Furthermore southern Palawan is corrupt with terrorist extremists. Be interesting to see how it works out

Awa no Gaijin Do China have friends LOLOL do you really think those so call "friends" you refer to are friends of China in the region? Friends quickly become strangers Russia found that out again Putin is now being taken for a walk daily by Xi its a matter of time he will come after the Chinese territory Russia "TOOK" from China when they were at war. Wow do you think that friend forgot?

With the obvious exceptions of NK, Russia and Myanmar. All thoroughly untrustworthy and oppressive nations.

I see obviously you have forgotten or oblivious to include other friends of China in the region !

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I agree. China having built an ocean base well within Philippines territory Building a military base in Palawan tho will prove to be problematic and severely detrimental to the environment. Furthermore southern Palawan is corrupt with terrorist extremists. Be interesting to see how it works out

This is not a case of the US building new bases in the Philippines. Rather the agreement allows US forces to use existing Philippine military bases on a temporary bases. No little Americas with base housing, commissaries and dependents. US forces would rotate into the Philippines to train then return to their home bases. The bases already exist and are used by the Philippine military. US forces would be guests.

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Is the JSDF allowed by law to deploy overseas and threaten another peaceful country?

JSDF deploys abroad fairly routinely, especially the JMSDF. The JSDF has a base in Djibouti they share with Indian forces. And in a twisted bit of real life, the Japanese base is close to a big PLAN base also in Djibouti.

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It means Brazil and China which have a huge amount of trade are facilitating it.

Their two way trade, the sum of exports from Brazil to China and imports from China to Brazil is about $175 billion. Brazil's total two way trade with the entire world is $375 billion.

For the sake of perspective, two way trade between the US and China is running at $690 billion. The sum of China's exports and imports is about $4.66 Trillion. For China their trade with Brazil is small potatoes concentrated almost entirely on agricultural products (soy, pork, beef) and some primary products like oil and iron.

Keep in mind as well that the only way Brazil will have Renminbi to spend on Chinese goods is to sell Brazilian stuff to China. That is a limiting situation. If Brazil wants to buy more from China than it sells them then the balance beyond the Renminbi earned has to be paid in US Dollars or Euros because nobody else is going to pay Brazil for their products in Renminbi.

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