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The planned reorganization of American forces in east Asia, including on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, is unworkable and unaffordable, three influential U.S. senators said Wednesday.
The Defense Department should re-examine its plans for South Korea, Guam and Okinawa — where many islanders oppose the presence of U.S. forces. A 2006 agreement with Japan aimed at decreasing America's military footprint is outdated and imposes an "enormous financial burden" on the U.S. ally as it recovers from a huge earthquake, the senators said.
The senators also took aim at the military's plans for South Korea, where the U.S. has more than 28,000 forces — a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War that ended in an armistice rather than a formal peace treaty. They say plans to realign U.S. forces there should be put on hold pending further review.
Originally posted by Skerrako
This isn't something you hear very often: A U.S. Military operation not having enough money for something. Before I thought of this as a win for bringing troops home, I poped my conspiracy hat on and wondered:
A NEW batch of WikiLeaks cables has revealed that China tried to set up a surveillance radar base in East Timor.
According to US embassy cables leaked to WikiLeaks, China approached East Timor in December 2007, hoping to establish a surveillance radar facility on the country's north coast.
However, East Timorese officials viewed the proposal with concern and entered into talks with the United States and Australia before rejecting the plan, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
China had proposed to build and operate the facility free of charge, to help East Timor in its fight against illegal fishing.
The leaked US cables show that East Timor's deputy prime minister, Jose Luis Guterres, was concerned the radar would be used to extend China's intelligence capabilities further into south-east Asia.
"The only catch was that the facilities were manned by Chinese technicians," Mr Guterres reportedly told the US embassy.