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The power of the U.S. as a global leader is declining. The world order is falling apart with this lack of U.S. leadership. The security bills are needed because Japan must now assist the U.S.

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Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui, saying Japan needs to take a greater security role in Asia to offset a decline in U.S. power. (Bloomberg)

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Lee is reinforcing Abe's stance which he cannot say out loud: the US is no longer a super power and cannot be trusted or expected to help Japan when attacked. But who is going to attack Japan? China? China is attacking Japan with millions of tourists who spend lots of money here and help the economy. Ditto for S. Korea.

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The security bills are needed because Japan must now assist the U.S.

The US is an empire in rapid decline. Attach yourself to it and you will share its fate. Secondly, the US is a country constantly at war. Why would you want to be part of that?

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If a country refuses to assist the U.S. what will the U.S. do?, attack?

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I do not mind seeing the US not be the police of the universe. Sort of refreshing.

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I think it's a bit early to be writing America's obituary as a superpower. It still has a gigantic military and they start getting the shakes if they haven't used it for a while. Its relative power is on the decline but they are still carrying the biggest stick by some distance.

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Rubbish

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The US is an empire in rapid decline. Attach yourself to it and you will share its fate.

Says you and a washed up Taiwanese President? Although the american middle-class still strugles, wouldn't call it a rapid decline.

I think it's a bit early to be writing America's obituary as a superpower.

Than you Jimizo.

The security bills are needed because Japan must now assist the U.S.

The security bills are needed it's Japan's responsibility and they owe it to themselves as a nation.

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The world order is falling apart with this lack of U.S. leadership.

What a load of bollox.

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The power of the U.S. as a global leader is declining.

Yes. What a shame!

The world order is falling apart with this lack of U.S. leadership.

You're starting to lose me here.

The security bills are needed because Japan must now assist the U.S.

No, you've lost me. There is no logic in this statement.

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America is still way out ahead of the rest of the world. China, India, Japan. Without the US, they all go down.

Still, the US needs to wind down its empire. but the solution is not a rearmed Japan. The solution is the leaders of Japan, Korea and China sitting down like adults and committing themselves to using dialogue to resolve their differences.

Abe lives in a dreamland. He's wasting his time. His militarist agenda will go nowhere. There's no money in Japan for the things he wants. He can stop now while he is ahead, or end up failing later down the road.

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The security bills are needed because Japan must now assist the U.S.

Actually, Japan has needed to assist the US for 35 years, at least.

Well, better late than never, I suppose,

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