U.S. Military decline hastens global instability
But he warns: “In the next 10 years, I expect the risk of interstate conflict in East Asia to rise, the vulnerability of our platforms and basing to increase, our technology edge to erode, instability to persist in the Middle East, and threats posed by violent extremist organizations to [...]
His presentation included the assessment that China’s navy (the PLAN) had broadened its operational role beyond simply carrying out a “Taiwan counter-intervention” strategy to now include training and preparations to conduct a “short, sharp war” with Japan over disputed territory in the East China Sea. A minor furor ensued, and Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John [...]
According to wikipedia, “overdetermination is a phenomenon whereby a single observed effect is determined by multiple causes at once, any one of which alone might be enough to account for (“determine”) the effect.That is, there are more causes present than are necessary to generate the effect”. In this strictly technical sense Japan’s deflation [...]
Military clashes between China and Japan cannot be ruled out and the People’s Liberation Army will fight back if provoked, a top Chinese official said today.
“At present we cannot completely rule out the possibility of clashes in East Asia, but it is not decided by China,” said Qian Lihua, a member of China’s top [...]
As China flexes its military might, with huge increases in defence spending and increasingly assertive patrols in disputed territories, Japan has compared the tensions to those between England and Germany before the First World War.
So far it has been a war of words.
However, historian Niall Ferguson has warned that US [...]
While major conflicts have been deterred, it is unclear whether Japan and South Korea are reassured. Publicly and in private discussions, Japanese and South Korean officials insist that they trust US defense commitments. But they ask revealing questions about the conditions under which the United States would act, and how it would do so. They [...]
A crisis was brewing in the Far East yesterday after Japan threatened a military strike on North Korea if fears that it has embarked on a nuclear weapons programme proved correct.
With North Korea warning it could strike US targets anywhere in the world, Japan’s defence minister Shigeru Ishiba said it was ready to carry [...]
“[We] concluded that the PLA has been given the new task to be able to conduct a short sharp war to destroy Japanese forces in the East China Sea …”
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“We witnessed the massive amphibious and cross military region enterprise — Mission Action 2013,” Fannell [...]
That Japan is secretly developing nuclear weapons is just a rumor based on Japan’s capabilities. Japan is quickly capable of developing nuclear weapons should it wish to do so. There is no actual proof that it intends to do so.
Chinese leaders might be thinking that they are running out of time. If Japan does [...]