Japan To Join US, Australia War Games Amid Growing Tensions With China

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Japan to join U.S., Australia war games amid growing China tensions - Yahoo News

Japan will join a major U.S.-Australian military exercise for the first time in a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China's island building in the South China Sea.

While only 40 Japanese officers and soldiers will take part in drills involving 30,000 U.S. and Australian troops in early July, experts said the move showed how Washington wanted to foster cooperation among its security allies in Asia.

The Talisman Sabre biennial exercises, to be held in locations around Australia, will encompass maritime operations, amphibious landings, special forces tactics and urban warfare.

"I think the U.S. is trying to get its allies to do more," said Euan Graham, director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney.

"There is an obvious symmetry between Japan as the upper anchor of the Western Pacific alliance and ... Australia as the southern anchor."

All three nations have said they were concerned about freedom of movement through the seas and air in the disputed South China Sea, where China is creating seven artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago, a vital shipping corridor.

Some security experts say China might impose air and sea restrictions in the Spratlys once it completes construction work that includes at least one military airstrip. China has said it had every right to set up an Air Defence Identification Zone but that current conditions did not warrant one.

China claims most of the South China Sea. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have overlapping claims.

The Japanese personnel will embed with U.S. forces while 500 New Zealand troops will join Australian contingents, according to the Australian Defence Force website.

Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani rebuffed suggestions the exercises were aimed at China, telling Reuters that Japan simply wanted to improve military cooperation with the United States and Australia.


Security cooperation between Canberra and Tokyo has already flourished under Prime Ministers Tony Abbott and Shinzo Abe, with Japan seen as the frontrunner to win a contract to supply next generation submarines to the Australian navy. U.S. commanders have publicly supported such a tie-up.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense David Shear highlighted Washington's goal of boosting cooperation between its allies in testimony to the U.S. Senate this month.

"To expand the reach of these alliances, we are embarking on unprecedented trilateral cooperation," he said.

"In some cases this cooperation directly benefits our work on maritime security. For example, we're cooperating trilaterally with Japan and Australia to strengthen maritime security in Southeast Asia and explore defense technology cooperation."

Winning the submarine deal would be a big boost for Japan's defense industry and potentially pave the way for the sale of advanced Japanese weapons to countries such as the Philippines and Vietnam, which are at loggerheads with Beijing over the South China Sea, experts have said.

Australia also hopes to sign a deal with Japan this year that would smooth the passage of military personnel into one another's country for joint exercises, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported over the weekend.

Deals such as this would likely become more common as Abbott and Abe push to cement the security ties they have fostered before they leave office, said the Lowy Institute's Graham.

"There will be more of this, and it's important in the next couple of years that the relationship beds in because otherwise ... you could quickly find it isn't a self-sustaining relationship," he said.
 
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Japan must have a very short term memory if they already forgot what happened to them the last time they side with with other nations in a conflict that had nothing to do with them. Japan needs to stop trying to be a military power because their little Island is very vulnerable to nuclear strikes especially from the likes of China.
 
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I reckon Japan should be careful and be alert when dealing with any country, and see what happens during the time they are in a contract to help each other out and set rules so both sides know how this deal works out. Japan will need to be careful of China since the country is improving and also advancing real quickly and has a bigger military power as well which is very strong and not afraid of anyone. I think siding with the USA may be their only choice or even Australia as these two countries have power and military ,which has done well and wonder how these three countries will resolve the south seas issue which has been ongoing for some time.
 
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Japan must have a very short term memory if they already forgot what happened to them the last time they side with with other nations in a conflict that had nothing to do with them. Japan needs to stop trying to be a military power because their little Island is very vulnerable to nuclear strikes especially from the likes of China.
First of all anyone can get hit by a nuclear strike. It doesn't matter where in the world you are the world. If a nuke is launched and you are the target, you are most likely going to die. Island or not.

Those waters and airspace were heavy traffic lanes and now all of a sudden China take claim to it and is ordering all aircraft and boats to leave the area. Now China is arming the island with weapons. So there is a concern and military exercises is in order to handle any altercations that arise.

Anyways, that coral reef is closer to the Philippines and Malaysia and China is the furthest from it. But they claim it for themselves?
 
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It makes sense the U.S. Wants its allies to do more and not just rely on the largest country to pull all the weight. I have not been happy with what China is up to for a long time. I don't know the details of the island building projects they are doing, but it sounds like they are being pretty arrogant, thinking they can just change the geography of the world like that.

War games is a very unnerving way to refer to this training though.
 
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Right now, any country, involved or not, would be wise to pick sides. Even if they don't do anything but lead cheers. It's possible that nothing will develop from here. But, just in case it does, people need to know where you stand.
 
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Japan must have a very short term memory if they already forgot what happened to them the last time they side with with other nations in a conflict that had nothing to do with them. Japan needs to stop trying to be a military power because their little Island is very vulnerable to nuclear strikes especially from the likes of China.
Good point Rowe992, but I don't see that they have a choice. I think the Japanese government remember how Japanese Imperialist soldiers treated the Chinese people in the late 30's, especially in Nanjing. Nanking Massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Chinese people remember it all to well.

I think the Japanese government has every interest in assuring that there is a coalition in place that can attempt to contain China if she ever got overly aggressive in the neighborhood.

But, that's just the way I see it. I could be wrong. Let me know what you think guys?
 
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I think it was the smart move on Japan's part. When things look this bad and the whole world is in a pissing contest, you want to be friends with the guy who has the biggest dick. That's us.

The "dick" comment was my making a punny about Obama, in case you didnt get it right away.
 
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