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Japan, U.S. revising defense plans with eye on China

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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Shhh! Don't you know that this defense policy revision is directed at improving unspecified "regional security", much like China's defense spending?

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The U.S.A. spends MORE on "defence" than the total military budget of the People's Republic of China PLUS Russia PLUS Saudi Arabia PLUS the U.K. PLUS France PLUS Japan PLUS Germany PLUS India PLUS Brazil PLUS South Korea PLUS Australia and it's worried about China's military expansion?

What really worries the U.S.A. is probably China's economic expansion and the tightness of their own.

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@Bertie Still no reason for a second-rate power to have designs on a first. Especially when China takes no responsibility for UN peacekeeping.

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Japan and the US have to look at this, are sensible to do so, because the rise of an every increasingly belligerent China has forced them to. I love that Japan is a pacifist nation, and should remain so, but it would be very foolish to take it's eye off the ball with China, and so they must prepare for all possibilities in terms of defence.

Check this out:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29107792

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Also Japan should at least match China per $ of gdp.

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BertieWooster: The U.S.A. spends MORE on "defence" than ... plus ... plus ...

The US is defending the world's nations from each other, and the PRC is only building up to attack the Paracels, the Spratlies, and the Senkakus.

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In addition to increased logistical support, intelligence-sharing, possible use of civilian air and naval ports, and mine-sweeping cooperation, the guidelines should also involve participation in U.N. sanctions or peacekeeping activities. On the surface, the old "Revised Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement" (ACSA) was an easy-to-overlook piece of bureaucratic paperwork between the governments of the United States and Japan.(Logistics is the military's supply backbone: fuel, food, medical supplies, housing and the transportation to move it all.)

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Sensationalist journalism at its best. Seems about time. Operating systems are "reviewed and updated" more frequently than this. What did ya expect? People to just sit iddle and not discuss things after 17 years?

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All well and good, until American Big Business persuades the US government that there are more profits to be made by cozying up to China, and leaving Japan to fend for herself....

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As stated, Communist China stirred the pot and get what they deserve. Their aggressive bully policy is like shooting themselves on the feet. Ultimately, Chinese want more freedom and free themselves from the ruling class elites. Japan's deterrence capability is the main factor for its own survival.

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The interim report stresses the importance of “seamless” coordination between Japan and the U.S. to ensure a swift response to a range of contingencies, including ones that fall short of an actual military attack.

Uncomfortable truth for US experts is Japan is not battle hardened and lightening as Iragi Arm Force. US trained Iragi army high ranking officials ran away when ISIS advanced. Lower ranks officers and soldiers lost moral and will to defend their homeland and they ran away too. Unless Japan is die hard fan for defending their real estate, there is no point for US is spending fortune and lives as Kobani city which will fall under ISIS soon.

The United States and its allies have made at least 271 airstrikes in Iraq and 116 in Syria.

The cost? More than $62 million for just the munitions alone.

The effect? Negligible, some say, particularly in Iraq.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/08/world/meast/isis-threat/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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heymong

Your comparison of the US/Iraq-ISIS and US/Japan-China are so invalid in so many ways that pointing them out would be off topic.

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Abe has no really threatening domestic political opposition to his "reinterpretation" of the Japanese constitution, so he can and will increase military spending in the near future.

He's already "reinterpreted" other laws that limited what Japanese defense firms can produce and to whom they can export, so expect other Asian countries not named China to be updating their weaponry with next generation Japanese products in the next few years. We've already seen the Japanese "donating" ships to countries like Vietnam (to help counter China's encroachment into their territorial waters.)

Now, under cover of the US/Japan defense agreements, Japan will have an easier time building contacts and military cooperation throughout Asia (which is exactly what both Japan and the US desire, while the Chinese certainly do not, which is why China complains about "going beyond bilateral in scope" or "hurt the interests of 'third parties'", ie, the New Bully on the Block.)

Meanwhile, the regular training of thousands of Japanese "marines" over in the mainland US continues apace, with a focus on repelling invaders from small islands...hmm...I wonder what that's in preparation for?

Missing in this particular story is this headline: No Changes Whatsoever To The Plans For Base Relocation On Okinawa. Once again, national security for 126 million Japanese and ALL their territories trumps the unrealistic demands of a vocal but tiny 750,000 Okinawan voters who are still unwilling to face political and geopolitical realities for what they are: REALITY.

The containment of China will bring the rest of Asia together in a "peace through strength" movement. That's a good thing, especially now that China's anti-democratic and chauvinistic inclinations have been laid bare for all to see, inside their own country, no less (Hong Kong: "what promises?!") In sum: who would willingly submit to be put under the thumb of Beijing's autocrats without putting up a fight for their freedom first?? The answer to this question will be made clearer with each passing year...

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im not with china, but BertieWooster made a strong point. America instead of worrying about people in their country to live a good living with healthcare, childcare and a good amount of jobs they spend most of their money on military hesitating that other countries might overtake their economy and make america loose their propaganda image as a paradise destination.

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taiga_123 : they spend most of their money on military

Only 18% of federal spending is military, that doesn't even include state and local spending which have no military.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:U.S._Federal_Spending_-_FY_2011.png

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The U.S. and Japan using China as the bogeyman to justify increases in military spending while at the same time being strong economic partners with them which is what allowed China to become the 2nd largest economy in the world and the bully that they are today. If the U.S. and Japan are so worried about China then they should start cutting economic ties with them and stop feeding the beast. Anything less than that is just a show at the taxpayer`s expense.

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Japan is a pacifist country since WWII as it was demanded by the winning coalition. They have been warriors all their lifes. The situation is pretty tense. In China, propaganda is twisting average people's mind, education is making "robots" very well commanded out of the students and their greed is putting the entire world at risk. Keeping them free, living and working within their borders in a way we can deal with their expansion is tolerable, but if they increase their military influence and power they must be held back. They neglet humano life, they are told what to do by their goverment and a huge mind controlled mass of people is Luke bugs destroying a harvest. Better stay ready for them.

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