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Japan is a stealth military power, with an annual budget of around $42 billion — the sixth largest in the world. Despite all that money, Japan's armed forces have traditionally kept a very low profile, at home and abroad. But that's begun changing. Over the past few years, Japanese forces have taken part in operations in Iraq and the Indian Ocean....
But now, he adds, Japan is waking up to its own military power...
There's a reason for the move — Iwakuni is within striking distance of every potential hot spot in Northeast Asia, from Beijing to Pyongyang to Taipei. As he gives a group of foreign journalists a briefing on Iwakuni, Satoru Shoji, an MSDF captain with the blunt build and cauliflower ears of a rugby player, points toward the area west of Japan on a map and says, "This is the area we have to watch out for." There isn't any doubt which countries he's referring to: North Korea and China...
Japanese officials detained the captain and his crew three weeks ago after his ship collided with two Japanese patrol boats. The collision took place in Japanese waters near uninhabited islands that Tokyo and Beijing both claim.
BEIJING — China's premier threatened "further actions" if Japan fails immediately to release a trawler captain, as Beijing staged its highest-level intervention yet in a bitter row between Asia's biggest powers.
Japan in turn called for talks to resolve the feud, but rejected China's territorial claim to disputed islets near where the Chinese skipper was apprehended by Japanese coast guard crews two weeks ago.
China Tells U.S. to Stay Out of Dispute Over South China Sea's Sovereignty
China signaled for the U.S. to stay out of disputes over the South China Sea, three days before President Barack Obama is due to meet with regional leaders concerned over China’s territorial claims in the oil-and gas- rich waters.
“China enjoys indisputable sovereign rights over the South China Sea islands and adjacent waters,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters today in Beijing. “We oppose the internationalization and expansion of the South China Sea dispute because it will only make the issue more complicated.”
Japan said China had already suspected for drilling equipment transported to the dispute between Japan and China there is interest in the East China Sea gas fields, once the drilling starts, the Japanese government may consider taking the test in the surrounding waters exploitation countermeasures, both in the East China Sea issue The opposition could intensify.
Great contest the East China Sea gas fields, China ocean surveillance ship escorting!