During the ongoing joint military exercises at Camp Pendleton in California, it is being reported that the US forces are training the Japanese troops to “invade and retake an island captured by hostile forces.” This sounds like a warning to Chinese forces, as they are currently involved in a territorial dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
The report by The New York Times says that this year, Japanese troops seem to have come stronger and more prepared, bringing along the needed paraphernalia to retake an island in case of an incident, which the Marines refer to as ““amphibious assault with the intent to seize objectives inland.” According to Lt. Col. John O’Neal, the commander of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, they observed that they had a “new sense of purpose” as they attended the military drills this year. “There are certainly current events that have added emphasis to this exercise,” he said.
While Tokyo and Beijing’s relationship has certainly been fractured the past year due to the island spat and lingering historical issues, there has also been tension between Washington and Beijing due to China’s newly-established air defense identification zone, where all foreign aircraft have to inform China of their flight plans before they go into the zone. Last week, Captain James Fannell, the director of intelligence and information operations with the US Pacific Fleet, that China is actually preparing for a “short, sharp” war with Japan with the way they have been beefing up their military. But Washington has chosen to distance themselves from Fannell’s statement, saying that it was his own personal analysis and does not represents the US stand on the issue.
[ via Press TV ]
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