Japan to dispatch its largest warship to the South China Sea

14/2/2017 From Japan – Sources said, Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship, the Izumo helicopter carrier, for three months to the South China Sea in May. – It will make stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. – It will also participate in joint naval exercise with Indian and US naval vessels in the Indian Ocean. This deployment of the warship will have an effect to reassure the countries which have territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea. While China’s activity in the South China Sea is getting intense, there is little hope that members of ASEAN will be unified[…]

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Joint Sea-2016 Manoeuvre

Key details: 15/09/2016 from China -Chinese and Russia marines embrace during a joint naval drill in Zhenjiang, South China’s Guangdong province. -The Joint Sea-2016 manoeuvres include ships, submarines, ship-borne helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, along with marines and amphibious armoured vehicles who will conduct live-firing exercises, according to a Defence Ministry statement Sunday. – The ministry didn’t say exactly where the drills would be held in the South China Sea, the site of heated territorial disputes between China and its Southeast Asian neighbours. -Russian news outlets said 18 ships, 21 aircraft and more than 250 marines from both sides would take part in the drills. The[…]

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Japan to Boost South China Sea Role with U.S.

Key details: 17/09/2016 from the UK Japan’s Defence Minister Tomomi Inada stated Japan will increase its engagement in the South China Sea, by Maritime Self-Defense Force joint training cruises with the US Navy, bilateral and multilateral exercises with regional navies and providing capacity building to neighbouring countries. In the meeting of Inada and US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter, he guaranteed Japan is covered by the US nuclear umbrella. Japan showed its concern after Obama said he considers of abandoning the policy of the first-use option of nuclear weapon.   Assessment: After Philippines president Duterte claimed that US troops should stay out of his country and[…]

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