Japan to boost South China Sea role with training patrols with US: minister


FILE PHOTO - Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) transits in formation with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Kirisame (DD 104) during bilateral training in South China Sea on April 21, 2015. Courtesy David Flewellyn/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS

FILE PHOTO – Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) transits in formation with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Kirisame (DD 104) during bilateral training in South China Sea on April 21, 2015. Courtesy David Flewellyn/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS

Japan will step up its activity in the contested South China Sea through joint training patrols with the United States and bilateral and multilateral exercises with regional navies, Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said on Thursday.

Inada said in a speech at Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank that Japan’s increased engagement in the area, where Japan shares U.S. concerns about China’s pursuit of extensive territorial claims, would include capacity building for coastal nations.

Inada, whose country has its own dispute with China over territory in the East China Sea, said that if the world condoned attempts to change the rule of law and allowed “rule bending” to succeed, the “consequences could become global.”

“In this context, I strongly support the U.S. Navy’s freedom-of-navigation operations, which go a long way to upholding the rules-based international maritime order,” she said.

“Japan, for its part, will increase its engagement in the South China Sea through, for example, Maritime Self-Defense Force joint training cruises with the U.S. Navy and bilateral and multilateral exercises with regional navies,” she said.

Japan would also help build the capacity of coastal states in the South China Sea, said Inada, before heading for talks with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the Pentagon. Japan said this month it was ready to provide Vietnam with new patrol ships, in its latest step to boost the maritime law-enforcement capabilities of countries locked in territorial rows with China.

It also agreed to provide two large patrol ships and lend up to five used surveillance aircraft to the Philippines, another country at odds with China over sovereignty issues in the South China Sea.

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom, editing by G Crosse and Chizu Nomiyama)

Source: Reuters “Japan to boost South China Sea role with training patrols with U.S.: minister”

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3 Comments on “Japan to boost South China Sea role with training patrols with US: minister”

  1. Sentinel says:

    A WAR FOR JUSTICE & SELF DEFENSE

    Tomomi “the-psychopathic-hillary-clinton-wannabe” Inada, the ambitious militant Japanese defense minister with a need to prove herself tougher than her male counterparts, is co-piloting Japan down a suicidal path with her driver – that militant Shinzo “grandson-of-a-war-criminal” Abe.

    To ignore Beijing’s strong warning, if not red line for Japan NOT to get involved with maritime patrols in the South China Sea, is a rude, defiant rebuke from an unrepentent defeated ex-imperialist world war II aggressor, encouraged by a master Western puppeteer Obama in Washington.

    President Xi and Beijing’s warning is not a joke. There WILL be serious consequences. Inada and Abe will go unscathed. This defiant and rude behaviour cannot be left unattended or unresponded to. There WILL be military and economic backlash.

    Shinzo Abe, the militant grandson-of-war-criminal-Kishi, and Tomomi Inada – “the psychopathic Hillary Clinton wannabe” – and Tokyo, cannot be allowed to misbehave, have their cake and eat it.

    The Diaoyuda (aka “senkakus”) which were improperly given to Tokyo to “administer” by Washington via Washington’s chicanery and betrayal, and contrary to the terms of Japan’s surrender per the Potsdam Treaty, CANNOT be allowed to stand.

    Since Obama “the war-mongrel and Liar-in-chief”, insist wartime aggressor Japan should be allowed to enjoy the spoils of her wartime aggression, and that the South and East China seas are American lakes, then the die is cast. There is NO choice but for China to make a stand and fight them both as such pronouncement finally removes the cloak that the American/Japanese benign image is nothing more than a camouflage for imperialistic invasion, colonization, and control of East Asia by America and its Japanese vassal.

    Yes, there is a price to pay. People will die. But what can one do when one’s home is attacked and threatened? Potection and defense of one’s home and loved ones, is a VERY good reason to go to war. Unlike the reasons of the aggressive, all-conquering, all-invading, all-enslaving Barak “the-war-monmgrel” Obama and the militant Shinzo “grandson-of-a-Japanese-war-criminal” Abe.

    And contrary to the Rand’s report that China will suffer more socially and economically in a war, that is highly debatable. Both America and Japan are “house of cards” with huge national debts, grossly over-valued currency and property and stock market prices, overpaid employees, and unsustainable welfare benefits in a cpaitalistic-“so-called-free-market”- system. A war with a formidable adversary, even without nuclear exchanges, would collapse both their economies like toppling dominos rippling through their economy and society in an all too familiar panic market scenario.

    Shinzo Abe, that militant Japanese prime minister who will de jure be reverting to Japanese military Imperialism by sending its so-called Japan Maritime “Self Defense” Force out of Japan to threaten China, requires a challenge and a kinetic response. Forget about Japan’s pacificism consititution. What does ambitious militant career politicians like Abe and Inada worry? Might is all. Japan is mighty and so is America. So they think they can continue that deception and hype that they will win.

    And Obama the emperor-of-chaos-and-division, looks forward to East Asians destroying themselves by fighting amongst themselves. How nice to have a corrupt and pliable “democratic” Japanese politician to manipulate to do his bidding.

    With 1.4 billion Chinese behind President Xi, the retaking and control of the Diaoyudas were never in doubt. Shinzo Abe will NOT have the “senkakus”. If anything, his legacy will be that he “lost” the “senkakus” under his watch. Crime does NOT pay and China and Russia will see to it that Abe and Obama’s organized criminal behaviour will NOT pay.

    The “senkaku” and EVEN the Ryukus WILL be taken back from Japan. Per the Potsdam Agreement, the defeated World War II aggressor were only supposed to be confined to the four main islands of Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. If Obama the-deceitful is UNABLE to implement the Potsdam Treaty, then the other World War II victors – Russia and China – MUST implement and enforce the terms of surrender to which all victors and loser had agreed to.

    If Washington wishes to do otherwise, then it is a NEW imperialist colonial power who has NO consideration for the sensitivities, feelings of the victors and victims of Japan’s wartime aggression, and of justice for the same victors and victimes; Which per force means, the war is NOT over and Russia and China must take now take war to to America – the imperialist colonial power and her vassal Japan; Until there is a regime AND policy change. It appears, the world has exchanged an Adolf Hitler and General Tojo for a new German Nazi/ Japanese Imperialist in Washington.

    If war is the only means to achieve justice, then let it be. The imperialistic gangster Obama and Abe will NOT be allowed to call the shots and run roughshod all over East Asia as they like. The militant Shinzo Abe administration MUST be overthrown and Japan subjugated again. Perhaps Tokyo may wish to ask President Putin if they can be annexed by Russia.

    And even before the war begins, Japanese economic trade – whether investments in China, import or exports – will be naturally curtailed as it becomes an enemy of the State of China and Russia. Let the Japanese economy collapse even faster. That will BE the Japanese’s price to pay for electing a militant like Shinzo “grandson-of-a-war-criminal” Abe, with her co-pilot/driver – the psychopathic Tomomi Inada – for driving Japan back down the imperialistic path to glory and colonial conquest.

    It is a war China and Russia CANNOT avoid and MUST be victorious in order that justice be done. The bullies and tyrants Washington’s Obama and Tokyo’s Abe MUST be defeated. The time for diplomacy is over.

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  2. Steve says:

    As usual, Inada’s speech acts contrary to Japan’s hypocritical behaviour in the ECS. The stolen generation of China’s Diaoyu Island thru back door deals between the US and Japan is a stab in the back on China’s sovereignty. Since Inada is concerned with ‘rule bending’ behaviour, he should ask his superiors to return the Diaoyu Islands back to China.

    Unfortunately, Japan is on the wrong path by stoking tensions with China, Creating schisms between neighbours against China and hoping to instigate military confrontations by supporting the US hegemonism and maritime dominance.

    Japan only need to repent and see thru its evil past, just like Germany’s apology for war crimes against millions slaughtered and ride the waves of China’s economic properity. If Japan do not control its greed, the nation’s future is bleak.

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  3. johnleecan says:

    As a start, China should ban its citizens from visiting Japan especially when China’s National Day, Oct 1-7, is near. Let Japanese citizens feel the initial impact. Next would be banning imports from Japan and let the corporations feel the impact.

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