Monday, January 17, 2005

 

Rumblings In The Pacific

The Japanese Times is reporting that Japan is preparing to defend its southern islands against invasion by the Chinese:

The plan calls for a dispatch of 55,000 troops from the Ground Self-Defense Force as well as planes, warships and submarines from the main islands in the event the remote islands are attacked.

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"China has been expanding its scope of activities as seen in the case of an incursion of Japanese territorial waters (by a Chinese nuclear submarine) in November. We need to monitor its moves," the official said.

Under what conditions China would invade these islands, I don't know - would this be something they'd look to take during an invasion of Taiwan, or would they be looking to launch an act of aggression directly against Japan?

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