Philippines Launch War Games with US, Japan

The Philippines will start today simultaneous naval drills with its longtime ally the United States and former wartime enemy Japan amid China’s aggressive expansion in the West Philippine Sea. Both exercises will be held in Palawan, the province nearest to the disputed Spratlys, a potentially oil- and gas-rich chain of islands, sand bars, reefs and shoals being claimed in whole or in part by the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. The war games between the Philippine ...
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Japan’s Military Industrial Complex is Booming

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk1APnYz8Zw Japan’s first-ever international defense trade show kicked off in Yokohama on Wednesday, attracting more than 100 exhibitors as the country aims to ramp up its global security role. In opening remarks at the three-day MAST Asia 2015 defense conference on maritime security at Pacifico Yokohama convention center, former defense minister Satoshi Morimoto stressed the importance of establishing a system of maritime governance. “I suppose most parti...
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China’s Role in Japan’s New Military Position

In less than two years, Japan transformed from a pacifist nation to a major military power willing and able to defend itself and its allies, and new draft legislation will further its shift. You can thank China for this. While the changes don’t mean that Japan is immediately going to exert its military globally, they mean that that time could soon come: they will be able to join U.N. peacekeeping missions, defend their allies, such as the United States, and even extend their defensive capabil...
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Japan Holds more US Treasury Debt than China

Japan overtook China in February as the top foreign holder of U.S. Treasury securities, a position Japan last held in August 2008. In its monthly report on bond holdings, the Treasury Department said Wednesday total foreign holdings of Treasury debt dipped 0.9 percent in February to $6.16 trillion, down from a record of $6.22 trillion in January. The holdings of China, normally the top holder of Treasury debt, slipped 1.2 percent to $1.22 trillion. Japan's fell 1.1 percent from January. Ch...
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China & Russia put Japan’s Defenses on Alert

Japan's air force said on Wednesday said jet fighter scrambles have reached a level not seen since the height of the Cold War three decades ago as Russian bombers probe its northern skies and Chinese combat aircraft intrude into its southern air space. In the year ending March 31, Japanese fighters scrambled 944 times, 16 percent more than the same period the previous year, the country's Self Defence Force said. That is the second highest number of encounters ever recorded over the 12-mont...
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