Taiwanese media: Day of the Asian balance of power to strengthen the security alliance with the United States
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BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) Taiwan,” Wang reported that “8 published comments, in response to changes in the balance of power in Asia, Japan is quiet and low-key strategic adjustment, and seek to strengthen the security alliance with the United States. Of course, the impact of economic decline by its own, Japan’s new strategic plan is also subject to many factors.
article excerpts are as follows:
In response to changes in the balance of power in Asia, Japan is quietly and low-key to make strategic adjustments, and seek to strengthen the security alliance with the United States.
Tokyo to adjust the deployment of troops is reflected in the following four aspects.
First, Japan will no longer be a large number of ground troops deployed in Hokkaido. During the Cold War, military forces deployed in Hokkaido, Japan, invaded the former Soviet Union defense. However, according to the December 2010 announced the new “National Defense Program Outline,” Japan has decided to change the strategic deployment of large ground forces in favor of creating a more mobile force, the defense will focus on the southern islands and waters.
Second, Japan has decided to deploy 12 F-15 fighters stationed in Naha, Okinawa islands in order to strengthen military defense.
Third, Japan decided to increase the carrying helicopters, submarines and aircraft carriers, the number of small, made like the F-35 Joint Strike 4th generation fighter (JSF), the establishment of a new amphibious infantry units to strengthen its sea empty one combat (Sea-Air Battle) capability.
fourth, a revolutionary change is the new “National Defense Program Outline” proposed “integrated” with the United States and Japan to share the two forces and intelligence command center calls. Japan to seek to combine the two forces, the United States continue to participate in East Asian affairs, so as to avoid the United States due to their own financial crisis and the war in Afghanistan and the resources too thinly.
new strategic plan subject to the control
course, Japan’s new strategic plan is also subject to the following factors. As the Japanese after World War II peace constitution of its function is limited to a purely defensive force; Therefore, the Japanese people support revising the constitution and public opinion has never been large-scale arms expansion. Although the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tried this four years ago, but has not been successful.
Secondly, the Japanese military to expand its own economic weakness is also strongly affected by the restrictions. Over the past 10 years, with Japan’s defense spending has already become the size of its economy is small and shrinking.
Third, in the context of limited defense budget, Japan’s strategic adjustment is quite stretched. For example, to pay for its plan to strengthen the forces in the south of the cost, the deployment in the north of Japan only to reduce the hundreds of tanks and artillery, and slightly reduce the size of the current 155,000 troops on the ground. Fourth, long time, because the history of World War II aggressor, Japan had been oppressed in South Korea, Southeast Asian countries to Japan’s rearmament uneasy. Nevertheless, the current international environment of Japan is still more good than harm.
external environment to promote the same boat
First, the U.S. is relying on its military power is worth the fear of return to Asia, so that other allies such as Japan, and Malaysia partner countries sigh of relief. Second, the United States has encouraged Japan, Korea, Australia buildup, and these countries also have a positive response. In addition, the United States to strengthen cooperation partner countries in this area, not to play the leading role of China in this area. Third, in addition to China, including the U.S., other countries of the region’s economies are in trouble, which also makes the United States and other countries in this region must help each other. Finally, the emergence of common opponents, with South Korea and Australia are also expanding their own arms; Therefore, they are less worried about Japan as a strategic adjustment. (Chen Yi-hsin)