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East Asian Arms Buildup

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posted on Dec, 17 2013 @ 05:22 AM
Japan today confirmed that they're increasing their defence budget, "Over the next five years, Japan will buy hardware including drones, stealth aircraft and amphibious vehicles.

The military will also build a new marine unit, an amphibious force capable of retaking islands."

Could we see something of an arms war developing from India to Japan, as others aim to keep up with China? India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Phillipines, Bhutan, South Korea and Japan all have disputed territory with China, while Russia is also modernizing its armed forces.

posted on Dec, 17 2013 @ 05:31 AM
reply to post by MortlitantiFMMJ

Over the past decade or more China has expanded it's Naval capacity dramatically. They're even in the process of sea trials of their Russian made hand me down aircraft carrier. Japan has every right to do what they wish in Japan.

The question is what to do about the disputed islands and such.

East Asian Arms Buildup?

It has already started.....
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posted on Dec, 17 2013 @ 05:43 AM

reply to post by MortlitantiFMMJ

The question is what to do about the disputed islands and such.

Well there was never any question they were Japanese until after the wealth of the area was discovered. That means there is no question, they are Japanese.

posted on Dec, 17 2013 @ 05:58 AM
I say we should defend our allies in the pacific, but I want to wait until China wipes out the p c crowd on the east and west coast of the U.S. They will actually do the U.S. A favor. After that true patriots will destroy them and clean them out, while our "leaders" are hiding in bunkers. Then when they come out of said bunkers, we will wipe them out too. Perfect.

posted on Dec, 17 2013 @ 09:59 AM
I'm not an expert researcher on this subject. But last time I read, Japan was reported to have 4.7 tons of plutonium, enough for around 700 nuclear warheads. Japan has a uranium enrichment plant which could be used to make highly enriched uranium suitable for weapon use.

What is Japan up to, especially behind closed doors?

Japan developed the M-V 3-stage solid fuel rocket, similar in design to the U.S. LGM-118A Peacekeeper ICBM, which could serve as a delivery vehicle for nuclear weapons.

Secret Weapons Program Inside Fukushima Nuclear Plants?

Like Israel, Japan is a "secret" nuclear power

Ancient Japan and Israel

posted on Dec, 17 2013 @ 12:12 PM
You just know in a secret bunker somewhere is a Gundam wing and a battalion of genetically modified cat-girls :-)

In all seriousness though, this worries me. Its in the interest of both the Japanese and Chinese leadership to beat the nationalism drum for their own reasons and given the longstanding and deep rooted dislike of each other this could easily run out of control.

-Abe is a nationalist and WW2 atrocity denier with designs on amending the Japanese constitution to allow a more aggressive stance in the world.
-The Chinese are trying to maintain one party state control of a rapidly more aware populace and may need to resort more and more to nationalism to do it.

On the nuclear front most people assume Japan is a nuclear power any time it wants to be. The limitations are all self imposed.

posted on Dec, 17 2013 @ 03:34 PM
Yep, Japan has the materials and technology to build nuclear weapons in a short space of time if they wish.

posted on Dec, 17 2013 @ 04:23 PM
I would not call this so much an arms build up as an arms catch up. The Asian states (excluding South Korea and Taiwan) like most of Europe have been lagging behind on defense spending for awhile with no real threat and the US in area to keep the peace. Now with China growing and flexing the other states are of course going to patch some of the holes they have been leaving open depending on the US to fill them. You can expect Japan and ASEAN (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam) to working much more closely with each other. And as Japan and South Korea are US allies so are several members of ASEAN Philippines, Singapore, Thailand. An no suprise this week the Sec State was in Vietnam in what is quickly becoming the next US ally in the region. Also among ASEAN are members of the Five Power Defence Arrangements which include the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore. When you look at things from China's view you have one big bloc of countries US, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam all bound together by various treaties at its door step, that is no doubt scarey. Add to that Russia and India with whom China has uneasy peace with both and you can understand China's drive to build up.

Of course China is completely inept at diplomacy and while they could have been building up with support of the asian states their own failures in understanding how to deal with the rest of the world has resulted in the exact opposite. The creation of this air defense zone is great example. They just sort of did it without thining about it. And then seemed suprised at the push back. Another great example was in storm in the Phillipines, a great opportunity to show China is part of the Asian community and force for good. They could have flooded money and aid and bought lots of good will and gone a long way to toning down the fear of fellow ASEAN members. Instead China sent less than Ikea with 1.6 million in aid. This is China's real problem, so long isolated she is completely lost on the international scene.

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