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Japan and the United States are currently holding the biggest joint drills in Japanese history, Keen Sword, having reportedly mobilized about 57,000 marines, sailors, and airmen.
The United States and Japan plan to devise an operations plan for a joint response by their armed forces to potential Chinese threats to the disputed Senkaku Islands (known as Diaoyu in China), The Japan Times reported, citing unnamed government sources.
The two nations are reportedly engaged in discussions on how to respond in emergency scenarios around the group of uninhabited islands, claimed both by Japan and China, in the East China Sea. According to insiders, Tokyo and Washington seek to finish work on the plan by next March.
While Washington has not taken a position on the ultimate sovereignty of the contested islands, President Donald Trump told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last year that the US was committed to defending Tokyo under Article 5 of the two nations’ security treaty, adding that it also covered the Senkaku Islands.
The Japan Times reported that by crafting a plan to handle a potential armed conflict with China, Tokyo hopes that Washington will determine its position on the sovereignty issue.
The sources told the media outlet that the plan suggested deploying Japan’s Self-Defense Forces in the event of such an emergency as armed Chinese fishermen landing on the islands – after the police are incapable of providing an adequate response.
The talks between the two countries have been taking place within the framework of the 2015 US-Japan defense guidelines, known as the Bilateral Planning Mechanism (BPM).
Under the BPM, the Self-Defense Forces and the US military would “conduct bilateral operations to counter ground attacks against Japan by ground, air, maritime, or amphibious forces.”
In a parallel development, the two nations are holding major joint war games to increase combat readiness and interoperability of US and Japanese Forces.
Tokyo and Washington have reportedly mobilized about 57,000 sailors, marines and airmen for the Keen Sword exercise, joined by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to lead Japanese destroyers and Canadian warships in the drills.
Japan and China both claim the uninhabited Senkaku Islands, called the Diaoyu Islands in Chinese, in the East China Sea. While Beijing says that they have been part of its territory since antiquity, Tokyo argues that the archipelago has been under its control since 1895.
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Suntzu wrote:Could it be that we learned nothing from Vietnam?

What should we learn?

1 That bleedin heart Liberals like Johnson can not be trusted to run a serious war.

2 That Eisenhower left the West in a parlous state because he was soft on Communism going back to WWII where he conspired with Commie lover FDR to sabotage Churchill's attempt to save Eastern Europe from Stalin's terror machine.

3 That America should have intervened in Vietnam earlier and more assertively, kicking the Papist parasites out of power and empowering a Mahayana Buddhist nationalist government.

4 That Nixon was America's greatest post WWII president who snatched victory from the Jaws of defeat.

5 That Comie loving Defeatocrats in Congress threw away Nixon and Kissenger's hard won victory.
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Rich wrote:What should we learn?

1 That bleedin heart Liberals like Johnson can not be trusted to run a serious war.

2 That Eisenhower left the West in a parlous state because he was soft on Communism going back to WWII where he conspired with Commie lover FDR to sabotage Churchill's attempt to save Eastern Europe from Stalin's terror machine.

3 That America should have intervened in Vietnam earlier and more assertively, kicking the Papist parasites out of power and empowering a Mahayana Buddhist nationalist government.

I'm assuming you didn't read McNamara's book. Just think, we could still be in Vietnam with victory just around the corner! How many years have we been in Afghanistan?

4 That Nixon was America's greatest post WWII president who snatched victory from the Jaws of defeat.

5 That Comie loving Defeatocrats in Congress threw away Nixon and Kissenger's hard won victory.
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Rich wrote:What should we learn?

1 That bleedin heart Liberals like Johnson can not be trusted to run a serious war.

2 That Eisenhower left the West in a parlous state because he was soft on Communism going back to WWII where he conspired with Commie lover FDR to sabotage Churchill's attempt to save Eastern Europe from Stalin's terror machine.

3 That America should have intervened in Vietnam earlier and more assertively, kicking the Papist parasites out of power and empowering a Mahayana Buddhist nationalist government.

4 That Nixon was America's greatest post WWII president who snatched victory from the Jaws of defeat.

5 That Comie loving Defeatocrats in Congress threw away Nixon and Kissenger's hard won victory.


damn son, you've got me convinced.

Well argued.
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Crantag wrote:https://youtu.be/tixOyiR8B-8


Really? Tell me you can’t take one look at that guy and know exactly what he is going to say? I see no need to watch the video, I am 100% certain of his view. :)
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One Degree wrote:Really? Tell me you can’t take one look at that guy and know exactly what he is going to say? I see no need to watch the video, I am 100% certain of his view. :)

That's a very bad look for you, OD.

A very bad look.

Ever heard of the mantra support our troops?

I posted the video because I watched it and he had something to say.

You disgust me.
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Crantag wrote:That's a very bad look for you, OD.

A very bad look.

Ever heard of the mantra support our troops?

I posted the video because I watched it and he had something to say.

You disgust me.


I grew up with Vietnam. Maybe the views are new to you, but that does not mean I haven’t heard them all a thousand times. I watched the first few minutes to verify he was ‘wearing a uniform’. We all wear uniforms to tell people what we think. His was just blaringly obvious.
You may believe it was unnecessary for me to point it out so rudely, and you may be right. I do have a tendency to be annoyed by obvious one sided views.
I lucked out at the last minute with the lottery, but almost everyone I knew ended up there. Their stories were totally different based upon what they experienced. I did not then, or do I now, see a need to just let one view be shown. All their experiences were real. Including my friends who went to Canada. I have never judged any of their choices.
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While Washington has not taken a position on the ultimate sovereignty of the contested islands, President Donald Trump told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last year that the US was committed to defending Tokyo under Article 5 of the two nations’ security treaty, adding that it also covered the Senkaku Islands.
The Japan Times reported that by crafting a plan to handle a potential armed conflict with China, Tokyo hopes that Washington will determine its position on the sovereignty issue.


It's merely a show of force to dissuade China from invading the disputes islands in the first place. But China changed its tunes recently because of the ongoing trade war with Trump's America and it is suddenly friendly with Japan which fought another trade war with the US back in the 1980s. The Trump effect has been so good for the peace of East Asia from North Korea to China.

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