Friday, September 16, 2016

Japan to join US in South China Sea patrols

Emiko Jozuka, CNN

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Nancy Snow, a professor of public diplomacy at Kyoto University told CNN that under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan has made it "crystal clear" that its Self Defense Forces will be "more interventionist" and closely aligned with the US.

"Right now, it has a lot to do with Japan flexing its muscles and being under the thumb of the US military, which can't operate on its own in the South China Sea," Snow told CNN.

Snow explained that currently China was in competition with the US and would not back away from its claims over the South China Sea.

But Snow warned that Japan had much to lose from strengthening its military presence in the world. ...

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