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Japan preparing military aid to shore up Philippines' defense

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Well, it is money put to good use.

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When good old US says woof-woof, Japan goes Wan-Wan..

Pathetic...

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Well, it is money put to good use.

Money put to good use is when a country invest in its own people..

Pffff!!!!..

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@TokyoLivingToday 07:06 am JST

When good old US says woof-woof, Japan goes Wan-Wan..

The US isn't the only country with a pet now that China has Russia.

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When good old US says woof-woof, Japan goes Wan-Wan.. 

Pathetic...

Add the Quad and growing list of regional players coming to the table to your list of pathetic please TokyoLiving.

A free an open Indo-Pacific. Clearly defined goals, transparency and the rule of law.

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When good old US says woof-woof, Japan goes Wan-Wan.. 

Pathetic...

China has repeatedly ignored the territorial waters of Japan and the Philippines, even going so far as to almost cause a collision with a Philippine coast guard boat within the past couple of months. Are you really surprised that these countries might have reasons other than American interests to be teaming up? If China didn’t constantly act like a petulant baby trying to bully everyone in the region they wouldn’t have this problem.

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I'm pretty sure Japan already has some detailed maps of the area for some reason...

The threat to Japan is to the north as history has demonstrated for several centuries.

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Having spent a lot of time in the Philippines in the 1980s the idea of Japan and Philippines cooperating on defense is a radical change from the past and it is a change not being driven by anything the US is doing but rather a mutual fear of China. When I was in the Philippines there were still some souls who thought Douglas MacArthur was some sort of god who would come back some day and save them. Memories of Japan during WWII were still strong. Now Philippines looks to Japan for mutual defense. For someone who has been floating around the region off and on for forty something years it is a remarkable change.

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Amen. Just don't look too closely at the human rights issues in India. Also don't look closely at what Modi is doing to the press.

A free an open Indo-Pacific. Clearly defined goals, transparency and the rule of law.

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Does Kishida really think he can become a world arms dealer? We buy Americans technology and materials from America and then re export.

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TokyoLivingToday 07:06 am JST

When good old US says woof-woof, Japan goes Wan-Wan..

Pathetic...

Better than china-nese who only know how to go "Oink Oink" or squeal like pigs in a slaughter house.

Pathetic....

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What can Japan helping the Philippines?

Some retired Kawasaki made UH1 hueys? Like used condoms reused again. Good for them!

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Japan made world-class weapons; it should do that again for peace in Asia. Next is to help Taiwan defend itself directly. Let China bark.

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Japan military peace in Asia. My that has some historical resonance.

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US didn't help country of Ukraine directly when it was attacked by Russia. Unlikely it will do so if province Taiwan is attacked by China.

Better scenario is if they can agitate China to attack the Philippines, which they can help directly

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How?? Unless the Philippines is prepared to get involved in a China/Taiwan conflict. Which they said, they are not. Just an American prodding for optic. IE, waste of good Japanese money, or, perhaps, paid by the American??

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How?? Unless the Philippines is prepared to get involved in a China/Taiwan conflict. Which they said, they are not.

The Philippines and China have their own conflict, no need to involve Taiwan.

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@ianToday 03:01 pm JST

US didn't help country of Ukraine directly when it was attacked by Russia. Unlikely it will do so if province Taiwan is attacked by China.

Eager for your world to end, huh? Thankfully the CCP knows that Taiwan is not to be messed with. Won't be a limited war like Ukraine.

Better scenario is if they can agitate China to attack the Philippines, which they can help directly

China just wants to push Filipino fishermen out of their fishing grounds. Thankfully the US will be there to run the Chinese out.

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Lol

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Aid to a genocidal government that murders tens of thousands of its own citizens considered as human garbage and of no use to the ruling elite because of their poverty, lack of education and skills? I can only shake my head in disgust at the total disregard for human rights typical of the LDP that is not so dissimilar to the arrogant mentality of their militarist predecessors.

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The China-Taiwan dynamic is a civil war between two factions. Other parties need not apply, especially former imperialists. Everyone's hopes are that it can be worked out peacefully for the benefit of the Chinese Nation.

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The China-Taiwan dynamic is a civil war between two factions. Other parties need not apply, especially former imperialists.

Other parties have already declared their side. The PRC knew this in 1972.

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Nikkei Asia: The SDF has struggled to secure enough personnel as the eligible population shrinks, especially now with the government pushing to bolster the country's defense capabilities. In fiscal 2022, when the suspect enlisted, the SDF recruited only 4,300 fixed-term personnel, less than half its planned total. This was even after the upper age limit was raised to 32 from 26 in 2018 to cast a wider net. (Nikkei Asia)

Well at least they can spend the (tax) money on weapons.

If I ran my house like the LDP runs the country, we'd be up a certain creek.

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TokyoLivingToday  07:06 am JST

When good old US says woof-woof, Japan goes Wan-Wan..

When China says wong-wong, North Korea says meong-meong. Happy?

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Money put to good use is when a country invest in its own people..

Isn't investing in defense, investing in your own people?

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China just wants to push Filipino fishermen out of their fishing grounds. Thankfully the US will be there to run the Chinese out.

Utterly clueless.

The Philippines lost Scarborough a long time ago, they're still waiting for the US to drive the Chinese out

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The US was actually the reason the Philippines lost Scarborough shoal.

China and the Philippines were jointly fishing on the shoal, that was the status quo.

But when there was a standoff between the ships of the two countries, the US advised the Philippines to leave the area.

They weren't able to come back ever since.

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Japan preparing military aid

You mean self defense aid?

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Hopefully, Chinese leadership will pass on to someone less aggressive, before Xi gets around to starting a war.

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But when there was a standoff between the ships of the two countries, the US advised the Philippines to leave the area.

Sorry but Chinese criminality is not a sign of strength. Thankfully the US can help them come back to fish right around China's illegal outposts.

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ianJune 17  03:01 pm JST

US didn't help country of Ukraine directly when it was attacked by Russia. Unlikely it will do so if province Taiwan is attacked by China.

Bad analogy. Even China believes the US will defend Taiwan, otherwise they would have taken it anytime during the past 74 years.

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Not an analogy.

Wrong reasoning also.

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OssanAmerica

Today 09:31 am JST

ianJune 17 03:01 pm JST

> US didn't help country of Ukraine directly when it was attacked by Russia. Unlikely it will do so if province Taiwan is attacked by China.

> Bad analogy. Even China believes the US will defend Taiwan, otherwise they would have taken it anytime during the past 74 years.

There could be other reasons they haven't attacked (yet).

And even if they do believe US will defend doesn't mean they won't attack.

Anyway, good for you thinking like that, you don't have to worry about China attacking then

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@ianToday 10:07 am JST

There could be other reasons they haven't attacked (yet).

Yeah, nobody believes that.

And even if they do believe US will defend doesn't mean they won't attack.

They know it will end their economic joyride.

Anyway, good for you thinking like that, you don't have to worry about China attacking then

While we know the deterrence is working now, it does need adjustment to a strategy that will take as many PLA/PLN lives as possible.

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What can Japan helping the Philippines?

Modern radars for one.

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Bad analogy. Even China believes the US will defend Taiwan, otherwise they would have taken it anytime during the past 74 years.

We sure spent and continue to spend a lot of time and effort practicing the defense of Taiwan. It is our number one priority and the one that keeps people up at night.

I don't think there is a single member of the US Congress who would not vote for a US military response to a Chinese attack. In fact there is a bill working its way through the required committees that would authorize a US President to commit forces to the defense of Taiwan immediately upon an invasion so a President would not have to lose time going to Congress for an Authorized Use of Military Force bill to pass both houses. It is in essence a pre-approved AUMF for the defense of Taiwan.

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As always, your input in this area is much appreciated Desert Tortoise

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There's a danger that the Ukrainian war, despite being confined to a regional conflict right now, may flare up and escalate into a full-fledged international war involving major powers of the world. World War III may be in the offing, I am afraid. Humanity is thus destined to meet the doomsday and demise.

Another flash point is in the western Pacific involving China, N. Korea and neighboring countries. U. S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has departed for China to eliminate any miscalculations on the part of China. But if his trip is only for selling the U. S.'s stance, his talks with the Chinese leadership won't succeed. Thus, a potential danger of the humanity's demise remains the same.

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