Preparing to fight China, the new imperial Japan, Marines look for victory in 1940s roots

How does the Marine Corps plan to defeat an enemy that has the same ambition as Imperial Japan — seizing control of the far western Pacific Ocean and then using that control to deny the free political and trade choices of other nations. By doing sort of what my grandfather did on Okinawa. Secure control of forward territory. As reported by the Wall Street Journal and formalized by Marines Corps guidance this week, the Marines are returning to their Pacific roots. The brainchild of the Marine Corps’ relatively new Commandant…

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Virus foils China’s wooing of Japan

China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee on Feb. 24 announced that the annual assemblies of the National People’s Congress and the People’s Political Consultative Conference would be postponed until further notice. This means that it is not possible to say with certainty that the spread of COVID-19 will be contained in the short term and that Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) cannot legitimately make any international visits. Whether considered from the perspective of the epidemic or domestic Japanese dissatisfaction with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Xi, it also means…

EDITORIAL | Postponed Xi Jinping Visit A Chance for Japan to Rethink Its China Policy

 The governments of Japan and China on March 5 jointly announced the postponement of the state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Japan. The visit had been due to take place during the first part of April.   The novel coronavirus contagion that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan continues in both countries. Explaining the reason for the postponement of Xi’s trip, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told the press, “Priority must be given to preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.”   Obviously, both governments need…

SURTASS: How Japan, US ‘wolfpacks’ can now seek Chinese submarines in the Ocean, World News

China is the top ship-producing nation in the world “The PLAN is augmenting its littoral warfare capabilities, especially in the South China Sea and East China Sea, with high-rate production of the JIANGDAO-class corvettes (FFL) (Type 056),” the report claimed. “More than 40 of these corvettes entered service by the end of 2018, and more than a dozen more are currently under construction or outfitting,” the Defense Department report said. The report also explicitly stated that China is the top ship-producing nation in the world by tonnage, increasing its shipbuilding capacity…

Japan, Vietnam to boost defense cooperation

The head of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and Vietnam’s defense minister have agreed to step up bilateral security cooperation. SDF Chief of Staff Koji Yamazaki met Ngo Xuan Lich on Monday. Lich said Vietnam and Japan have a close cooperative relationship. He said Yamazaki’s visit will not only help boost defense ties, but also develop the friendship between the two nations. Yamazaki said Vietnam is a highly important partner for Japan. He said it is vital to strengthen bilateral ties for regional peace and stability. The meeting comes amid China’s growing…

From Japan to the United Kingdom, the world loves hosting U.S. troops

NEW YORK – The United States 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 United Kingdom, America’s overseas installations allow it to shape events thousands of kilometers 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, showing that foreigners’ contact with American service members leads to…

Japan Needs More Fifth-Generation Jets

In past eras, achieving these goals involved a disparate force of mission-specific aircraft—air superiority fighters; command and control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C2ISR) airplanes; and, more recently, tailored stealth aircraft. Today, modern technology merges these federated mission areas into a single airplane in the form of a fifth-generation fighter. F-22 Raptors and F-35 Lightning IIs are highly lethal kinetic platforms able to strike targets in the sky or on the ground. They are loaded with sensors, processing power, and advanced pilot interfaces. Their stealth designs, situational awareness, and ability to…

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,…