South China Sea: Japan concerned about increasing aggression from China

Tensions in the South China Sea remain high as not only is there a dispute over the waters, but also the situation surrounding Taiwan. Japan’s Defense Minister has now urged European leaders to take action on the increasing aggression coming from China. Japan’s defense minister, Nobuo Kishi, has urged leaders of European nations to come together and condemn the increasing acts of aggression by Beijing in the region. Speaking with the Guardian, Kishi said that China’s military is growing in power and is trying to use its power to change…

Japan inks deal to export defense assets to Vietnam amid China worry

Japan and Vietnam signed a deal Saturday enabling exports of Japanese-made defense equipment and technology to the Southeast Asian country to boost cooperation amid China’s rising assertiveness in regional waters. The accord was inked in Hanoi during Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi’s first trip overseas after assuming the post last year. Japan will speed up talks with Vietnam to sell Self-Defense Forces’ vessels, Kishi said in an online press conference, following a meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart Phan Van Giang. Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and his Vietnamese counterpart Phan…

Japan vaccine chief says to use six-dose syringes from mid-April

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Strike capabilities of Japan, India, oz key for US-led counter-China strategy

The offence-defence combination with long-range strike capability is a more effective strategy than a defence-only strategy when countries face China’s territorial expansion. Washington, DC: For a long time, Japan, India, and Australia have depended on US strike capabilities. For example, Japan possesses missile defence capabilities to intercept an enemy’s missile but not the capability to strike the missile launch pad of an enemy. However, Japan, India, and Australia have recently been seeking strike capabilities. As a result, all Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) countries, including the US, Japan, India, and Australia,…

Bayan: US, China, Japan out to strip PH of resources

MANILA, Philippines — A few days before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit, protesters stormed the Chinese Embassy in Makati and the Japanese Embassy in Pasay City on Thursday and asked the APEC member states to “keep their dirty hands off the Philippines.”Carrying banners with the texts “Atin ang Pinas, China Layas” and “China out of PH Waters,” about 100 members of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), League of Filipino Students (LFS), Gabriela and Kilusang Mayo Uno started their series of protest actions at the Chinese embassy along Gil Puyat…

Japan Inc readies for face off with Beijing offshore Vietnam

A pair of oil and gas fields controlled by Japanese companies offshore Vietnam could become a potential flash point in the disputed waters of the South China Sea as Beijing continually seeks to aggressively assert its claims. Japan’s Idemitsu and Inpex, in partnership with Vietnam’s national oil company, PetroVietnam, operate the two fields, Sao Vang and Dai Nguyet. The fields, in Block 05-01, straddle China’s sweeping claim to most of the South China Sea via its U-shaped ‘nine-dash line’, which is not recognised by its neighbors or internationally by The…

Japan, US defense chiefs confirm Senkakus come under security pact

This file photo taken in September 2012 shows the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. (Kyodo) TOKYO (Kyodo) — The defense chiefs of Japan and the United States on Saturday confirmed that the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea fall under the scope of a security treaty between the two countries. Speaking by phone, both Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and U.S. acting defense secretary, Christopher Miller, referred to the application of Article 5 of the treaty to contingencies surrounding the…

Australia Will Join Joint Naval Training Drills With India, Japan, United States – The Organization for World Peace

According to multiple reports from Reuters, This Week in Asia, and US News, Australia has recently announced it will be joining the United States, Japan, and India in India’s annual navy training drills. These training drills, known as “Malabar,” will be held in the Bay of Bengal as a symbolic sign of cooperation between the four major democratic powers in the South-Eastern Asia region. With Australia joining the exercises, it has officially joined the Southeast Asian military defensive alliance known as “The Quad.” This military group, and its expansion, can…

Japan Could Face The Brunt Of Chinese Navy As Beijing Drafts Another Powerful Law Over Contested Waters

China’s National People’s Congress has proposed a new law that would authorize the Coast Guard to use weapons against foreign ships involved in illegal activities in its waters. After Saudi, Trump Endorses ‘Independent Kashmir’; Why Are Key Allies Turning Against India? The coast guard would be authorized to use weapons “in the case of unlawful infringement by a national organization or individual,” as per the document released by the NCP to seek public comments on the draft law. The law will allow the use of handheld weapons against vessels deemed…