SYDNEY (Reuters) – 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.
South Korea’s attempts to pressure Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to address his country’s past slights fell flat during Abe’s visit to Washington this week despite an aggressive public relations campaign.
President Obama on Tuesday invoked U.S. military defense guarantees for Japan’s disputed East China Sea islands that have been the target of coordinated Chinese military provocations since 2012.
TOKYO—North Korea is increasing its missile capabilities that pose a growing threat to Japan, which has deployed sea-based missile defenses as a key element of its military forces, the commander of one of Japan’s four Aegis-equipped missile defense ships says.
TOKYO—Japan is building up its military forces and strengthening alliances to counter threats from China as the country emerges from decades of isolationism following its defeat in World War II.
Recent satellite photos of an island off the coast of China confirm Beijing’s buildup of military forces within attack range of Japan’s Senkaku islands.
An upshot in Asian military spending comes as a result of tense relations with China.
A report released this week shows that 53.4 percent of Chinese citizens expect they will go to war with Japan in the future, including 11.2 percent who said they think the conflict will occur in the next few years.
President Obama has embarked on another global bowing tour.