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My guess is that the U.S. will cede more control over to the Japanese Military but keep troop levels the same. This way if / when something goes wrong it will be more difficult for the Japanese press to blame it on the U.S. alone and help keep sentiment towards the American prescense positive.

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So how much more is this going to cost the Japanese tax payer? That is the most important information we need to know. Kishida is going to promise Japan is going to remilitarize, of course only buying from the good old USA!

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For a more flexible and expeditionary deterrent force, my guess is that the Chief of US Forces Japan will be appointed to the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Commander, rather than an Army or Air Force General, as is the current status.

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The island known as Japan is the largest aircraft carrier in the world for the U.S. military.

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Getting ready for a proxy war with China over Taiwan.

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Getting ready for a proxy war with China over Taiwan.

China can be contained with embargoes, trade sanctions and other diplomatic countermeasures.

China is not stupid either, and knows it’s place in the world order. China also has no voting populace to please every 2 years, and can enact policies that form the next 100 years.

If China did indeed invade Taiwan, it wouldn’t be a proxy war, but an all-fronts all-out war involving more countries than the Global War on Terror.

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Japan security is not America priority,when you are a big dog,and not a lap dog

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If China did indeed invade Taiwan, it wouldn’t be a proxy war, but an all-fronts all-out war involving more countries than the Global War on Terror.

There is nothing to be gained defending Taiwan. The United States would throw Taiwan to the wolf, just like it did when it was called Formosa.

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It’s fine to build up the military, but not fine to use it first. Fine line.

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Japan's just like Ukraine, how do you build up a military with a collapsing and aging population? Just words, the threats in the region have never been greater, NK thousands of times more dangerous than 2 years ago.

US NATO Ukraine War unleashed historical Russian weapons tech. proliferation to NK, China, Iran and Belarus and their many militant proxies like Houthis!

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proxyToday 09:01 am JST

Getting ready for a proxy war with China over Taiwan.

Utter nonsense. It is China that would benefit from war, or at least they might think so.

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 09:29 am JST

US NATO Ukraine War unleashed historical Russian weapons tech. proliferation to NK, China, Iran and Belarus and their many militant proxies like Houthis!

Still Russia's war and Russia's proliferation.

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Taiwan, never address me, because I am the only American here ,that is never challenge

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The USA needs to base ICBMs throughout Japan, giving the allies an important first strike ability against the Korea's, Russia, China, and any other country in that area that favors communism.

Working together, we can make the world safe for capitalism and democracy.

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There is nothing to be gained defending Taiwan. The United States would throw Taiwan to the wolf, just like it did when it was called Formosa.

Successfully defending Taiwan from Chinese invasion would set off a chain of events that could lead to the total collapse of the CCP, and China splitting into its main ethnic regions.

Eliminating the only global competitor seems like a pretty big gain for the US.

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The world's security situation rapidly devolving, the NK, China Iran Russia coordination, the underlying response to US NATO aggression for decades, most recently the Biden Admin's massive weaponization of Ukraine.

Historic Russian weapons proliferation, especially WMDs, the best insurance policy for countries against continued US NATO expansionary efforts.

Japan's trying to respond to above reality, though there is no real ability to do so. As countries like NK thousands of times more dangerous now, than just 2 years ago.

Russia's silent nuclear drone submarines busy circling Pacific, each with hundreds of times killing power of Hiroshima. There's no security, just wasting taxpayer money.

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DanielsanToday 10:07 am JST

The USA needs to base ICBMs throughout Japan, giving the allies an important first strike ability against the Korea's, Russia, China, and any other country in that area that favors communism.

Working together, we can make the world safe for capitalism and democracy.

This but unironically. Btw communism collapsed under its own stupidity but the statement holds for keeping the world safe from brutal dictatorships.

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 10:08 am JST

The world's security situation rapidly devolving, the NK, China Iran Russia coordination, the underlying response to US NATO aggression for decades, most recently the Biden Admin's massive weaponization of Ukraine.

NK, China, Iran, and Russia are perfectly capable of being belligerent sobs by themselves and they are.

Russia's silent nuclear drone submarines busy circling Pacific, each with hundreds of times killing power of Hiroshima. There's no security, just wasting taxpayer money.

There is every security if you can incinerate Moscow in turn.

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Dan the US do not have a first strike policy,but had one against Japan

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Droll QuarryToday 09:12 am JST

There is nothing to be gained defending Taiwan. The United States would throw Taiwan to the wolf, just like it did when it was called Formosa.

The US would not abandon Taiwan. And that's not for reasons of altruism, but to (at least):

1) secure the First Island Chain and ensure China can't break out and reach US territories, 2) maintain the flow of advanced semi-conductors from Taiwan, 3) secure a critical trade route that is used by nearly 50% of the world's container ships

https://www.newsweek.com/map-taiwan-maritime-traffic-1860121

The US would never simply "give" all that to China, and Xi knows that. If Xi thought he could get away with stealing Taiwan without US intervention, he'd have done it by now.

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Droll QuarryToday 10:16 am JST

China will blitz Taiwan with air strikes and a naval blockade.

And Taiwan and the US will blitz China with retaliatory missile and drone strikes (air and sea), submarine strikes, and mines. And the world will sanction China into oblivion, destroying its economy.

Also don't forget that the PLA hasn't fought a real war in decades, and its leadership is highly corrupt and almost certainly not under Xi's full control.

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/sweeping-chinese-military-purge-exposes-weakness-could-widen-2023-12-30/

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Chinese heavy glide bombs dropped from heavy bombers with no signature for air defense will devastate any small island defenses. Very inexpensive and very accurate and can be done largely from China airspace.

Taiwan can never survive such a campaign and Chinese long-range artillery can also take part with massive munitions stockpiles. No need for expensive missiles.

Obviously, Japan's smaller islands face similar dire overwhelming Chinese force, security just an illusion. Good luck to US Navy trying to counter above.

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Chinese heavy glide bombs dropped from heavy bombers with no signature for air defense will devastate any small island defenses. Very inexpensive and very accurate and can be done largely from China airspace. 

Chinese super weapons are largely overhyped and unproven.

If China was to begin a campaign of pure destruction, global sanctions and embargoes would cause internal unrest to the point of making a dedicated war effort infeasible.

China also lacks the airlift and amphibious expertise and capacity to put boots on the ground.

Xi is over ambitious, but not stupid. He saw what happened in the Gulf War part1, and what’s happening in Ukraine.

He also has a lot of “face” to maintain. If Taiwan declares independence, for example, it would cross one of his line in the sand criteria to invade Taiwan.

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As China's economy sputters, and the population starts fidgeting Xi will go to his "next best thing" and start bullying it's South China Sea neighbors to foment nationalism and keep the hordes content. The biggest threat, of course, is not China but Russia, who threatens the entire European continent and likes to make idle nuclear threats to dare any country to strike back. The US needs to arm Ukraine and also to "double-down" on China which is intent on causing trouble outside it's borders....like it's good buddy Russia. These are countries run by dictators, who are locked into power without any controls. The world is a dangerous place.

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 10:42 am JST

Obviously, Japan's smaller islands face similar dire overwhelming Chinese force, security just an illusion. Good luck to US Navy trying to counter above.

Invasions require boats unless your PLA members are all Olympic champion swimmers and then some.

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These are countries run by dictators, who are locked into power without any controls. The world is a dangerous place.

Russia and China consider themselves Democracies with elected leaders. Risky? Unelected special interest globalists in control of 1600 and NATO.

Turns out US and NATO, the ones most in the world consider the source of global tensions and wars for decades on end. Any surprise BRICS recruitment and de-dollarization gaining so much momentum?

World increasingly unstable, why Japan's military spending increasing so much. As global wars, inflation and terrorism, all a function of US led global destabilization, since Biden Admin took office in Jan 2021, NATO eastward expansion the core catalyst.

Ukraine's 10yr civil war was contained as a regional matter, but under Biden it's become global matter fueling weapons proliferation, wars, terror and inflation, Japan's forced to respond with increased defense spending.

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If China did indeed invade Taiwan, it wouldn’t be a proxy war, but an all-fronts all-out war involving more countries than the Global War on Terror

Your imagination is overactive and unrealistic.

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 10:42 am JST

Taiwan can never survive such a campaign and Chinese long-range artillery can also take part with massive munitions stockpiles.

With US help, yes it certainly can. The US and Taiwan (plus Japan, Philippines, and others) have been planning for this for decades.

Taiwan won't simply sit there and be attacked by China. China will suffer devastating strikes on both its invasion/blockade force and also its homeland bases. Not to mention the massive economic damage that war and unprecedented sanctions would bring it.

Russia and China consider themselves Democracies with elected leaders.

They are sorely mistaken if so.

Ukraine's 10yr civil war was contained as a regional matter

No idea what this "civil war" is. Perhaps you mean "Putin's unprovoked war of aggression?"

And China need only look at this war to see how difficult naval attacks are. Ukraine has destroyed a third of Russia's Black Sea fleet, despite not even having a proper navy itself. Imagine what the world's most powerful navy, the US Navy, would do to China's completely untested invasion force?

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-black-sea-fleet-losses-ukraine-war-crimea-1867614

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Invasions require boats unless your PLA members are all Olympic champion swimmers and then some.

Apparently you haven't heard of paratroopers or aircraft invasions of airspace then.

High tech satellite weapons and drones ?

China is sneaky and perhaps underestimating thier capabilities might be foolish and especially given the close vicinity to the mainland China

Taiwan will choose to reunite with mother China

Or perhaps Taiwan islands will become a USA territory

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Chinese heavy glide bombs dropped from heavy bombers with no signature for air defense will devastate any small island defenses. Very inexpensive and very accurate and can be done largely from China airspace.

Exactly

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 11:32 am JST

World increasingly unstable, why Japan's military spending increasing so much. As global wars, inflation and terrorism, all a function of US led global destabilization, since Biden Admin took office in Jan 2021, NATO eastward expansion the core catalyst.

Ukraine's 10yr civil war was contained as a regional matter, but under Biden it's become global matter fueling weapons proliferation, wars, terror and inflation, Japan's forced to respond with increased defense spending.

Still Putin's War but I realize you have to keep pushing that narrative hard.

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How the heck did this article devolve once again into a China/Taiwan stale crust of bread argument best served to crows?

PM Kishida is so easily manipulated because of his obvious huge ego. That Kish still maintains this huge ego despite delivering so little to the Japanese public and being so unpopular is truly a mystery.

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Mr GoodmanToday 12:11 pm JST

Invasions require boats unless your PLA members are all Olympic champion swimmers and then some.

Apparently you haven't heard of paratroopers or aircraft invasions of airspace then.

They aren't going to get even 10,000 troops deployed like that.

High tech satellite weapons and drones ?

I believe I mentioned incinerating the island as an option China could pursue in its petulance.

China is sneaky and perhaps underestimating thier capabilities might be foolish and especially given the close vicinity to the mainland China

China is so sneaky Xi has to watch his back with his own military.

Taiwan will choose to reunite with mother China

They already chose not to.

Or perhaps Taiwan islands will become a USA territory

Who knows? More likely than them joining the PRC willingly or unwillingly.

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The island known as Japan is the largest aircraft carrier in the world for the U.S. military.

actually better than an aircraft carrier, because it cant be sunk

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How the heck did this article devolve once again into a China/Taiwan stale crust of bread argument best served to crows?

The comment at 9:01am started that off.

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Will this extraordinarily huge U.S. military footprint in Japan, especially in Okinawa, be reduced as a result? The U.S. military is stationed here supposedly to defend Japan, according to the Security Treaty. In exchange, Japan provides the U.S. with bases and various perquisites to U. S. service members.

If the U.S. is thinking Japan should share more burden in its own defense, thus relieving the U.S. an obligation to defend Japan, that would seem fair and logical. But if the U.S. military presence remains the same even after this revamping, that would be very unfair.  

It seems the U.S. stance is the latter, that is, having Japan shoulder more burden while maintaining their bases as they are.

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How does Japan or the US 'plan' for world's most silent nuclear-powered deep diving drone "bomb" submarines, each with the killing power of 100+ Hiroshima bombs?

As, these Russian drone submarines circling Pacific (and Atlantic), anyone truly believe security exists? Especially as updated these drones also capable of armed hypersonic WMD missile delivery. Security's an ILLUSSION as is any strategic defeat of Russia.

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Naturally, both NK and China busy deploying their Russian tech based nuclear bomb deep diving drone submarines as well. If ONE were to be set in Tokyo Bay, life in all of the Kanto region would instantly end.

Security in Japan, a BIG FAT ILLUSION. better to save your money the Globalists are trying to steal and pursue a peaceful path, join BRICS, diversify your risks.

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How to detect submarine drones (a guide and asuming those drones exist):

By submarine drone we asume there are all automated.

Hence:

1) Attack order have to be sent with a specific radio band

2) Drone will require to emerge to

a. Recieve orders b. Resuply batteries and/or fuel (including for misiles)

3) Radio waves, light (lassers) are very inneficient to transmit imformation through water.

Procedure:

When deployed, those drones will need to resurface to get the new orders, the type of communication will be somewhat secure and strong and it will be random (assuming that each drone will resurface in random and not all at once)... Given that the US will be monitoring for these type of threat specially if it is as HIGH as you mentioned a hunt for these drones coudl be already ongoing.

If not deployed and they need to go to harbor to resuply and recieve new orders, then in case of high alert Russian harbors that can manage a fleet of subamrines will be monitored, an increase in movement will be a give away.

If resuply is not done in harbor but at open seas, an operation of such a schale (refueling, arming missles and so on) will be of a great schale, movement of Russian ships will be monitored.

No matter how "silet" a drone is it will cause sounds, a network of monitoring and fleets of US and its allies submarines will be also hunting for that type of threat.

All the above is under the assuption that those silent submarine drones with hiper sonic misiles are deployed and making a move to attack.

That the drone fleet are already armed, deployed and with orders to attack with a simple order is unrealistic, due to logistical constrains (energy mainly).

All this are basically a layman level knowledge, US Navy and related intelligence organization most probably have even more advanced ways to monitor and detect these type of threats. Not to say about satelite monitoring.

*If you told me there is a fleet of nuclear manned submarines that could strike at any time that will be more likely of beeing a success.

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Russians have same satellite based encrypted systems to communicate with these nuclear-powered drone bombs. Unmanned, designed for stealth at extreme depth with detailed scenario instructions pre-programmed.

Good luck with intercepting less than 5 second window needed to set it off on its 'mission'. Instruction, one out of hundreds of scenarios, a number that will provide ZERO intel.

Point, there is no security anywhere, Russia can never be strategically defeated. Many of these drones in service, NK and China busy deploying their Russia tech. versions etc. Some armed with hypersonic missiles.

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US Navy can't even keep track of Russia traditional manned missile submarines, unmanned stealth drones, pure fantasy. Again, there's no security in world we live today, just an illusion in order to waste taxpayer money.

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mmmhh... sure yeah...

The same Russia that had their tanks and ship blown up by home made drone bombs by the Ukranian army.

The same Russia that has just a small fleet of Sukoi-57 and is avoiding it to deploy to the Ukraine bacause they could be taken down....

The same Russia that is affraid and agered that the Sweeden and Finland be part of NATO.... the same Russia that has not being able to conquer Finland... despite its attempts.

The same Russia that, it has taken more thatn 2 years now and still not able to "take over" Ukrane, a country smaller, with less military personel and with very limited weaponary.....

Sure....

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Besides extreme depth and silence, these Russian nuclear-powered (unmanned) drones are capable at moving far faster than anything else in the ocean.

Again, just one of these drones setting itself off in Tokyo Bay ends all life in entire Kanto region. Security and 'planning' a waste of time in reality. Why not plan on good relations and reducing the need for WMDs?

So long as US NATO expansion and proxy wars continue, more and more unstoppable nuclear powered and armed killer drones will circle Pacific & Atlantic, along with BRICS Recruitment & De-Dollarization.

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Putin busy emptying useless inventory in Ukraine, all the older tanks, APCs, aircraft, prisons etc. Smart. Putin's actions in Ukraine designed, taking into account Nov. election in US. Rope a dope's over, now it's show time.

Reality is they've massively outproduced US and NATO in artillery shells and continue to do so. Putin's playing the long-game in Ukraine, he could just as easily have used EMP weapons and ended matters long ago.

Putin's extracting massive western political damage, while building out BRICS membership rapidly using Ukraine as a selling point. and building coordinated military alliance with China, Iran, Belarus and NK.

Very few question Russia's submarine capabilities, widely regarded as at least the equal to the US, only with far superior hypersonic capabilities.

Point remains, for world and Japan, there's no viable military strategy or planning as real security no longer possible due to Russian tech and WMD proliferation to China, NK, Iran and Belarus.

Far better for Japan to plan on de-escalation, growth and prosperity, NOT the opposite. The path they've been on, due to US NATO Ukraine Proxy War catalyst.

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All this BRICS stuff is nonsense and the talk of a multipolar world is just fantasy. Everybody involved is beholden to China, and the Chinese economy while it appears to be doing well on the surface is actually walking a very thin line. Smaller BRICS members may think they’re onto something, but if the current “unipolar” world falls they’re just gonna go from a unipolar world with the U.S. at the top to a unipolar world with China at the top. Fools.

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Japan is a good breakwater in the Sea of Japan.

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They aren't going to get even 10,000 troops deployed like that.

China isn't going to act like Putin in Ukraine conventional ludicrously

Deployment of troops like your thinking isn't even necessary for mainland China to reunite with a renegade province like Taiwan

China is sneaky

What will happen will be unexpected

China is dangerously clever

Personally i don't trust Chinese words or products or anything

Taiwan is also a trustworthiness issue .

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The same Russia that, it has taken more thatn 2 years now and still not able to "take over" Ukrane, a country smaller, with less military personel and with very limited weaponary.....

It's all part of Putins game

Obviously if Putin wanted to swoop in and decimate Ukrainian defenses then he would have already.

Please think out of the box

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Timing is everything, all these global hotspots are connected as capabilities are exhausted in Mid-East and Ukraine, adversaries take notice. Great example, this talk of sending Japan based Patriot batteries to Ukraine.

Ukraine's lost 4 such Patriot batteries just this month alone, why their air defenses are performing worse daily.

US capacity to protect Taiwan, PI, Japan etc. in Pacific dropping daily as result of global hotspots, while China's (and NK) capacity for war increasing daily, do the math.

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@Daniel Neagari Those underwater drones can also be detected by satellites and drones with good sensor technology that exist from high above that can look down into the depths of the ocean floor.

How to detect submarine drones (a guide and assuming those drones exist):

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HopeSpringsEternalMar. 25 06:54 pm JST

Still Putin's War x2. Man, you are in overdrive to convince the plebs of your nonsense. Meanwhile Russia's army is in tatters, humiliated, and a threat to no one but we still need to make sure Putin knows it before more innocents die.

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Mr GoodmanMar. 25 08:29 pm JST

They aren't going to get even 10,000 troops deployed like that.

China isn't going to act like Putin in Ukraine conventional ludicrously

That's good because China's challenge if far greater and Taiwan has a solid ally in the United States. Maskorovka won't work either, though.

Deployment of troops like your thinking isn't even necessary for mainland China to reunite with a renegade province like Taiwan

Taiwan will not surrender to fascists.

China is sneaky

What will happen will be unexpected

China is dangerously clever

Personally i don't trust Chinese words or products or anything

Oh so clever they will bridge the 180 km strait no problem. How? Uh, we'll get back to you on that.

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The plan, as President Biden and PM Kishida have discussed, is to appoint a 4 star General, equal to the highest ranking Japanese General, to oversee US forces in Japan. The current commander of US forces in Japan has a three star rank. The idea of appointing a four star General is to eventually create the same sort of unified command one finds in South Korea where a US General or a South Korean General could command troops of both countries.

https://www.reuters.com/world/us-japan-plan-biggest-upgrade-security-pact-more-than-60-years-ft-reports-2024-03-24/

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Obviously if Putin wanted to swoop in and decimate Ukrainian defenses then he would have already.

The Russian Army doesn't have that capability. If they did they would have used it by now.

Please think out of the box

Please think.

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Putin enjoys long game in Ukraine, as I wrote above. If he wanted to disable Ukraine, would have used EMP weapons long ago. Ukraine's a big fat promo for BRICS and de-dollarization, plus Putin's greatly damaging his adversaries politically as result of Ukraine war.

Greatest damage to Japan, likely Russia based weapons tech. proliferation to NK and China. As result, Japan's security situation now dire. Proliferation, Russia's strategic response to US NATO Ukraine Proxy War.

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""Biden is scheduled to host Kishida in a formal event that will include a lavish state dinner and a policy meeting, the newspaper said.""

To me the Lavish Dinner is the highlight of the visit, everything else is just talk.

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