Friday, September 16, 2016

Japan To Join The U.S. Navy In South China Sea Patrols

Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada speaks during a news conference after National Security Council (NSC) meeting with prime minister Shinzo Abe and other ministers on a suspected nuclear test by North Korea, at Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Japan, September 9, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Reuters: Japan to boost South China Sea role with training patrols with U.S.: minister

Japan will step up its activity in the contested South China Sea through joint training patrols with the United States and bilateral and multilateral exercises with regional navies, Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said on Thursday.

Inada said in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank, that Japan's increased engagement in the area, where Japan shares U.S. concerns about China's pursuit of extensive territorial claims, would include capacity building for coastal nations.

Japan also has its own dispute with China over territory in the East China Sea.

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More News On Japan Joining The U.S. Navy In South China Sea Patrols

Japan Will Start Joint Patrols With the U.S. in the South China Sea -- Time
Japan to join US in South China Sea patrols -- CNN
Minister: Japan to boost South China Sea activity with US training patrols -- DW
Japan to join US Navy’s ‘training cruises’ in South China Sea -- RT
Japan Is Stepping Up Engagement in South China Sea Against Xi’s Will -- Bloomberg

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