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USA's entire "Indo-Pacific" strategy in one extended sentence:

Try to convince Asians that China and North Korea are threats to their national security to the extent that they need to buy tons of American weapons, or better yet, welcome American military bases.

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Biden isn't the president.

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Biden isn't the president.

True, but as he will be in two months, the time to start working with him is now.

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For Japan it’s still weak to show a leadership in Indo-pacific region. Besides military power, it’s better to relay on USA.

whoever being elected as president, it’s good idea for Japan to involve USA on Asian issue.

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involve USA on Asian issue.

Have you ever seen one of those colored world maps? Asia is one color, the continent of America is another color. Do you speak Spanish sir?

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There goes that word again "urge". I had hoped that with the turn over to Abe-light, these urges would have been tossed out the window.

My bad!

If "urging" is the best that this government can do, nothing is going to change!

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Hopefully Biden will withdraw the troops from Okinawa. We don't need more US here.

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The US must be pressured by its regional allies to stay focused and involved in the Indo-Pacific region.

The inward focus will be important to tackle the rampaging covid that Trump has allowed in the US, in order to gain some sort of control over it. It will take 3-6 months if done well to get America to a position of normalcy, if everyone does their part, (expect a lot of puchback from anti science'rs).

But Biden must multi task Washington and deal with the world and its issues at the same time. He will be a busy President fixing issues left and right that have been left behind by the President golfer in chief who gets up at 11am and has MacDonald's for breakfast/lunch.

Hopefully Biden will withdraw the troops from Okinawa. We don't need more US here.

No he wont give China any gifts by withdrawing US troops. He may dispatch more to bolster forces.

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His presidential appointments for key staff positions namely Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and National Security Advisor are significant. Hoping for someone "soft" or conciliatory with China, Beijing may try to meddle with the selection process.

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It’s quite difficult to understand, albeit expected, that the inept/unfit current occupant of the White House continues to trample on the democracy of the United States of America.

The Biden Administration, like most sane U.S. administrations, will work closely with Japan and will look after the geopolitical interest of both countries.

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Japan is sending a message to China saying we understand the desire to be a superpower and stepping on people to get there. We were in a similar situation at the turn of the 20th century and tried that. It did not end well for us, and it will not end well for you.

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Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Monday that Japan will urge Joe Biden to focus on foreign as well as domestic issues, including maintaining order in the Indo-Pacific region, as the president-elect prepares to take office in January.

Wakkata Motegi san, Whos going to pay when the world keystone cops come back in the fold under Biden?

So the U.S. will get stuck for the bill for the cost to keep our forces in the Indo Pacific?

Maybe Biden should ask for Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam. To split the bill the cost to for this service Toshi san?

So, $8,000.000.000 in to 24. Each country should pay $3,333.333. Million. Sound good?

The funds will go to pay for our military to (focus) on keeping the Indo Pacific regions, climate change, security and other global issues, in check. Be a nice stimulus package for our Military serving here in the APAC!

Biden doesn't have the spine to make such a request. Let's not step on any toes Biden will say.

Let the American tax payer pick up the bill.

Pay up!

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So the U.S. will get stuck for the bill for the cost to keep our forces in the Indo Pacific?

> Maybe Biden should ask for Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam. To split the bill the cost to for this service Toshi san?

Most of those countries don't even have US bases.

I don't know the exact amount of the costs for the Indo Pacific but the total worldwide costs of maintaining all the bases is about $25 billion out of a defense budget of nearly $800 billion. If those bases where shut and troops and equipment returned stateside, the total savings would be less than $5 billion.

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I was being  facetious (sort of) @Zichi As the world leaders send their poppets hand out as the all the leftist celebrate in joyous fashion! The USA is back! Free rides back on! Thanks Uncle Joe!

I can see us back in the Middle East in a heated conflict on the horizon. It will come. Do not worry.

Eight billion was the figure the current POTUS ask Japan for to help pay for all this military coverage including nuclear protection. That's where I derived the 8 bil. number at. God forbid Japan and these other countries pay their way.

But these countries need to pay up! Like the movie the tax collector!

Most of those countries don't even have US bases.

So? Why should they? They offer no decent strategic value what so ever.

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi wants them protected.

Ask yourself Zichi. Why is the Minister asking for this (focus)?

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The only reason that America maintains bases in the Asian Pacific is to protect its own business interests and shipping lanes. Since the Korean War they have not been tested. Japan pays the highest amounts to America out of all the countries which host American bases.

The Trump figure of $8 billion he wanted Japan to pay is about four times the real costs. Trump wanted to run the military like a business but so many of his own went bankrupt.

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@zichi

Your assessment is absolutely wrong.

This is the one that get me.

The only reason that America maintains bases in the Asian Pacific is to protect its own business interests and shipping lanes.

It is the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force 海上自衛隊, to offer protection for American interest on the commerce level and this is the mission at hand for the JMSD as well as Japans interest first and foremost.

Japan have more ships here. Totally baseless again and purely fiction.

Since the Korean War they have not been tested.

I can assure an active war campaign(or a test) as you say here from Japans aggressors DPRK/China/Russia.

Has not taken place as diplomacy and the threat of nuclear annihilation has kept the need for a test.

Japan pays the highest amounts to America out of all the countries which host American bases.

An America buys more Japanese cars and Japanese goods then any other country. Your point is?

The Trump figure of $8 billion he wanted Japan to pay is about four times the real costs. 

And you can present facts or links indicating the inflated 4X's the real cost for you statement?

Japan’s Defense Ministry is seeking a record-high budget of nearly 5.5 trillion yen ($55 billion) for fiscal 2021 to fund more purchases of American stealth fighters and expand its capability to counter identified threats in both cyber and spy tech on Japanese companies and government from outer space.

Japan see China as her number one threat.

The budget request made public Wednesday is the first under new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and would be an 8% increase from the current year, signaling a continuation of his hawkish predecessor Shinzo Abe’s security policy. Japan’s defense spending has risen for eight consecutive years since 2013, a year after Abe took office. The request Trump made is being discussed by the Japanese government to be tied into Japans current defense budget. Cost allot to maintain the peace and certainty living here in this great country.

I commend Japan for looking ahead and recognizing threats coming down the road. And Japan's strict Visa policy.

Japan has asked America for weapons, tech and support to combat her threats and her way of life.

Not the other way way around.

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apologies-Typos again..

@zichi

Your assessment is absolutely wrong.

This is the one that get me.

The only reason that America maintains bases in the Asian Pacific is to protect its own business interests and shipping lanes.

It is the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force 海上自衛隊, to offer protection for American interest on the commerce level and this is the mission at hand for the JMSD as well as Japans interest first and foremost.

Japan has more ships here than the U.S. Totally baseless again and purely fiction.

Since the Korean War they have not been tested.

I can assure an active war campaign (or a test) as you say here from Japan's aggressors.

The DPRK/China/Russia/Iran.

It has not taken place, as diplomacy and the threat of nuclear annihilation has kept the need for a (test.)

Japan pays the highest amounts to America out of all the countries which host American bases.

An America buys more Japanese cars and Japanese goods then any other country. Your point is?

The Trump figure of $8 billion he wanted Japan to pay is about four times the real costs. 

And you can present facts or links indicating the inflated 4X's the real cost for your above statement?

Japan’s Defense Ministry is seeking a record-high budget of nearly 5.5 trillion yen ($55 billion) for fiscal 2021 to fund more purchases of American stealth fighters and expand its capability to counter and identify threats in both cyber and spy tech on Japanese companies and government from outer space.

Japan see China as her number one threat.

The budget request made public Wednesday is the first under new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and would be an 8% increase from the current year, signaling a continuation of his hawkish predecessor Shinzo Abe’s security policy. Japan’s defense spending has risen for eight consecutive years since 2013, a year after Abe took office. The request Trump made is being discussed by the Japanese government to be tied into Japans current defense budget. Cost allot to maintain the peace and serenity living here in this great country.

I commend Japan for looking ahead and recognizing threats coming down the road. And Japan's strict visa policy and rules.

Japan has asked America for weapons, tech and support to combat her threats and her way of life.

Not the other way way around.

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To be honest, I worry we are doing enough to keep Japan safe from it current threats on the table.

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Slickdrifter

It is the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force 海上自衛隊, to offer protection for American interest on the commerce level and this is the mission at hand for the JMSD as well as Japans interest first and foremost.

Article 9 of the Japanese American written constitution.

An America buys more Japanese cars and Japanese goods then any other country. Your point is?

The majority of those American cars are manufactured in America using American workers.

Japan spends many billions of dollars buying American weapons.

China is the number one threat to Japan and America.

At the end of the war, it was America which set itself up to be the world’s policeman mostly to prevent the spread of the Soviet Union. The threat today is China.

The cost to America for its Japanese bases is $5.7 billion with Japan paying $1.7 billion. The $8 billion demanded by Trump exceeds the real costs.

For example, the figures for Japan do not reflect other transfers, like Japanese purchases of U.S. weapons systems, free rent and tax waivers, and other expenditures taken on by the Japanese government.

https://theconversation.com/why-does-the-us-pay-so-much-for-the-defense-of-its-allies-5-questions-answered-127683

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YubaruToday  09:19 am JST

There goes that word again "urge". I had hoped that with the turn over to Abe-light, these urges would have been tossed out the window.

My bad!

If "urging" is the best that this government can do, nothing is going to change!

What would you prefer the govt of Japan to do besides "urge"? Suggest? Hint at? Blackmail? Threaten? What??

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Biden is too old to do all those things as USA world organizing duty but he can assemble a team to take part the international affairs or someone will replace him and surely not to play golf at those moments.

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“Japan to urge Biden”

,wellTPP was shot down first day of the former US admin.

Now there is RCEP. More close ideas to home islands.

EU countries found out a long time ago domination is not the thing to wish for.

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Asia have to take care of their own affairs and not depend on America and the west anymore.

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He needs to focus on remembering his own name.... forget regional issues for four years folks if this parody goes through. Dems will be too busy feasting on themselves and their fellow countrymen deemed as enemies to do much else. Bring on the wokefest. It's payback time...

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 If those bases where shut and troops and equipment returned stateside, the total savings would be less than $5 billion.

If the overseas bases in the Pacific were closed and the forces stationed there moved to bases on US soil there would not be any cost savings. GAO and the military branches have both run multiple cost estimates of this. It would in fact cost a great deal more to base those forces in the US.

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For example, the figures for Japan do not reflect other transfers, like Japanese purchases of U.S. weapons systems, free rent and tax waivers, and other expenditures taken on by the Japanese government.

A little primer on how trade balances are determined. Japan runs a trade surplus with the US, meaning Americans buy more from Japan than Japan buys from the US. That trade balance includes all weapons purchases and cash transfers. A cash transfer from the US to Japan counts as an import from the US. Think about this. It is the same as if the US paid Japan for a good or service. That is how it is counted by economists for the purposes of determining the overall trade balance. Likewise payments made by Japan to the US, say for supporting US forces in Japan, are counted as exports from the US to Japan, as Japan paid the US for something they received from the US (defense services in this case). All of that is rolled into the overall trade balance calculation. Even with those transfers Japan still runs a trade surplus with the US.

Btw, the content of almost all, cough, cough, "US made" cars is not made in the US. A lot of their components come from Canada, Mexico, China and Japan. All those components are imports to the US. The actual US domestic content of cough cough "US made" cars is often only 60% to 70%. What I always find interesting is that Toyota models manufactured in the US generally have the highest domestic US content of any car you can buy in the US. Avalons and Camrys had domestic content in the 90 percent range. Very little is sourced from outside the US. Ford, GM and others not so much.

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Biden is too old to do all those things as USA world organizing duty but he can assemble a team to take part the international affairs or someone will replace him and surely not to play golf at those moments.

You still believe those lies about his age and competence? Sad.

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You still believe those lies about his age and competence? Sad.

Someone who believed them in the first place, without bothering to actually check if what Trump was saying is true, lacks the intellect to be able to realize they were lied to even after seeing it with their own eyes.

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That's just dumb. Of course I'm going to take care of my own house first!!!

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That's just dumb. Of course I'm going to take care of my own house first!!!

Taking care of one's home first often means sweeping the public sidewalk in front, attending the city council meeting or homeowners association meeting to discuss matters that affect your home and paying taxes for police, fire, code enforcement and all the other public services that give your home its value as a place to live safely. Holing up from the outside world often leaves your home vulnerable to outsiders who covet and/or resent what you have.

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