Meifang Zhang will promote security cooperation with Japan to deal with China’s military rise
Data Figure: U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates
Global Network reporter Li Zongze the news according to U.S. media reports, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates left China on January 12 visit to Japan, he will push forward Japan participate in regional security cooperation, the Korean Peninsula and to respond to the rapid development of China’s military power.
United States, “Wall Street Journal” reported on January 12, with the restructuring of the East Asian regional security situation, the United States has increased in Japan’s role in regional defense. Despite Japan’s economic malaise, it is still the region’s most affluent economies. Instability of the Korean peninsula, the U.S. asked Japan to strengthen military relations with South Korea. Gates has said he will stick to the Japanese market a new generation of U.S. stealth fighters, and this is the U.S. agreement to make officials on aircraft first public statement. Gates said he had proposed to buy Japanese companies by Lockheed Martin developed ? F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
article points out, Gates in trying to persuade Japan to accept such a request, but also face enormous obstacles. U.S. military bases stationed on Okinawa has been hampered by the Japan-US military cooperation and further development. Although Japan Naoto Kan Japan and the U.S. Government’s commitment to fulfill the agreement signed in 2006, will establish a new facility in Okinawa, but local officials and the public has repeatedly opposed the plan. However, Gates does not agree, he was 12, said U.S. military bases in Okinawa will not affect the alliance between the two countries to reach a joint statement to strengthen the dialogue. Alleged that the joint statement will Naoto Kan signed during the spring visit. For the U.S. military base, some experts said, to solve the “bases” to further military cooperation is a prerequisite.
reported, Gates said before leaving Beijing, to establish a “progressive” Sino-US military relations, and not the kind of eye-catching breakthrough.