From Japan to Britain, why the world loves hosting US troops

Representational image of the US military. Source: army.mil Text Size: A- A+ The U.S. has a global military footprint that is second to none, and one of the most visible aspects of that footprint is a worldwide network of bases. From Japan to the U.K., America’s overseas installations allow it to shape events thousands of miles from U.S. shores. Critics have long argued that basing troops abroad also creates anti-American sentiment, making Washington’s worldwide presence toxic and self-defeating. A recent study turns this critique on its head,…

South China Sea: Japan risks furious Chinese backlash as fishing row erupts | World | News

Officials said they were transferring the 741-ton ship Hakurei Maru to Indonesia as well as providing a £15.3 million funding to boost the impoverished country’s coast guard’s feet of vessels to help it thwart illegal fishing expeditions in its territorial waters in the South China Sea. The 27-year-old Hakurei Maru is 206.5ft long and has berths for 29 people. Kazuhiko Shimizu, economic counselor at the Japanese Embassy in Indonesia, said the measures were being taken to promote its “free and open Indo-Pacific strategy”. He said: “Recently, Indonesia has suffered some…

The Pentagon And Japan Just Exposed A Secretive Chinese Naval Militia

Key Point: The Pentagon deserves great credit for employing the full force of its tremendous analytical capabilities and official authority to shine a bright, inescapable spotlight on the PAFMM’s true nature and activities. Finally, some good news from Washington! Last Thursday the Pentagon released its annual report to Congress on military and security developments involving the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The single most important revelation alone justifies the 145-page report’s $108,000 cost many times over. Even more than when last year’s report mentioned it for the first time, the U.S.…

63 people ill on Diamond Princess in Japan

Two more passengers, including another American, have fallen ill on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that is quarantined off the coast of Japan, bringing the ship’s total to 63 passengers who have been diagnosed with coronavirus.  The cruise ship is one of several affected by the deadly coronavirus outbreak, which has prompted cruise lines to issue quarantines and perform testings and screenings. Meanwhile, some ports are denying cruise ships entry for fear of the virus spreading.  The coronavirus, which was first identified in Wuhan, China, has spread across the globe with more than 34,963 confirmed cases and 725 deaths as of…

Japan urges Asean, Malaysia to make firm stand on South China Sea | New Straits Times

TOKYO: Japan has strongly encouraged Asean nations, particularly Malaysia, to speak up and make a firm stand on their sovereign rights to disputed territories in the South China Sea (SCS). Making the call, Japan’s former deputy foreign minister Hitoshi Tanaka said that “Silence could no longer be golden” and it is high time Asean countries, as stakeholders, put their foot down courageously. “Japan has great concerns over developments and tensions in the South and even North China Sea, as it can have severe repercussions for maritime nations in the region.…

Stricken cruise ship passengers ‘abandoned at sea’ after being denied entry to Japan

Posted February 07, 2020 15:16:23 A cruise line is reportedly requesting help from the US Navy after a ship with 1,455 passengers, including a couple from Adelaide, has been denied entry to Japan after days sailing “around in circles” in the South China Sea. Key points: A cruise ship is denied port entry in Japan after being turned away from Manilla South Korea has also fallen off the itinerary for a port of call in five days’ time The captain tells passengers the cruise line is in talks with the…

Japan respects Malaysia’s strategic initiative in preserving peace | New Straits Times

OKINAWA: Malaysia’s strategic geographic location is very important for the Asia-Pacific nations, said a top Japanese government official. The official, who spoke in strict confidence, said Malaysia provided an important maritime passageway via the Straits of Malacca and the South China Sea, two key channels to the Indian Ocean and beyond. “Not only that, Malaysia’s tactical approach using defence diplomacy in resolving territorial disputes in the region has augured favourably towards maintaining peace and stability. “This has greatly eased the propagation of freedom of navigation of military and commercial vessels…

Japan envoy slams militarisation of South China Sea

It may be recalled that Japan has serious maritime disputes with China. New Delhi: Making clear his country’s unease with Chinese military assertiveness in the South China Sea without naming Beijing,  a top Japanese diplomat in New Delhi has said Japan “remains seriously concerned about the situation on the ground attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo and militarisation of disputed features”, adding that Japan “considers India as an indispensable strategic partner to work hand-in-hand to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific.   Speaking in the national capital on “Maritime…