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Washington hopes Beijing, Pyongyang's last major ally, will use its economic influence to get it to stop developing nuclear weapons.
WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (AFP) - Japan will formally join the United States this weekend in declaring the Taiwan Strait a common security concern in a move likely to anger China, the Washington Post reported Friday.
Sunday, February 20, 2005 at 06:53 JST
WASHINGTON — Defense Agency Director General Yoshinori Ono and U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld agreed Saturday to advance ongoing bilateral research on a missile defense system to the development stage in fiscal 2006.
The two nations are expected to move swiftly to the production and deployment stage as Japan has already paved the way for exporting related components to the United States by relaxing in December its ban on arms exports. (Kyodo News)
One concern that was raised in another story on ATSNN is that China quite possibly hopes for, and secretly works towards, the continuation of the status quo, rather than its resolution.
Could this be the start of a deployment designed for attacking China and North Korea?