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http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11807172

 

Singaporean Air Force considers relocating an F15 squadron to Manawatu (Ohakea AFB), New Zealand for training purposes. The Singaporean military already undertake artillery training in Waiouru NZ, so this idea may well come about.

Interesting to see Singapore spread out so much. NZ looks like a good place to see them in.

Another step in our long standing defence relationship. Singapore also operates a periphery doctrine of building alliances, I expect this idea won't go unnoticed in Beijing.

 

Understandably, alliances will probably be the most important factor for Singapore. No one is going to siege Singapore if Singapore has trusted allies. Singapore will of course still have to take responsibility in keeping their own defenses sharp, which they seem to do very well in.

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Highest level Japanese official since 1972 visits Taiwan.

 

 

 

Japanese Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Jiro Akama arrived in Taiwan yesterday on a one-day visit to promote tourism in his country, becoming the highest-level Japanese official to visit Taiwan since the two nations ended official ties in 1972.

Shortly after his arrival, Akama chaired the opening of a two-day Japanese tourism fair at Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei.

The fair, titled “Colorful Japan,” was organized by the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, which represents Japan’s interests in Taiwan in lieu of a formal embassy.

Organizers said the tourism fair also aims to expand the market for Japanese regional foods and creative works in Taiwan.

A source connected with the tourism fair said the visit represents the next step forward in the improvement of relations with Japan, coming after the Japanese delegation’s recent name change from “Interchange Association, Japan.”

Akama’s attendance, as well as his hosting of the fair’s opening ceremony, show that Japan places great importance on its relationship with Taiwan, the source said, adding that the visit demonstrates a departure from past handling of Japanese cultural events, which were typically hosted directly by association representatives.

At the event’s opening ceremony yesterday morning, Association of East Asian Relations President Chiou I-jen (邱義仁) said that the closeness of the relationship between the nations was underlined by the “shared challenges” that they face.

While not easy to put together, the visit had great significance, Akama said, adding that he was happy to share Japanese culture with Taiwanese.
Akama said he hoped that Taiwan would soon allow imports of products from Fukushima Prefecture.

Reconstruction work there has been completed, and its products have tested safe and are back on store shelves in Japan, he said.

Later, speaking on the sidelines of the event, he repeated statements on food from Fukushima, but said he was aware of differing opinions in Taiwanese society.

Food imports to Taiwan from the Japanese prefectures of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba have been suspended since March 25, 2011, due to fears that the areas might have been contaminated by radiation after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster.

Importers of Japanese food products have since May 15, 2015, been required to present certification to prove their produce does not originate from any of the five prefectures.

After President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) assumed office in May last year, her administration briefly considered a plan to lift the ban in two phases, retaining the ban on Fukushima imports while allowing imports from Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba prefectures on condition of batch-by-batch inspection.

However, the plan met strong public opposition, forcing the Cabinet to put it on hold.

 

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/03/26/2003667488

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Another USN-JMSDF joint-patrol training in the East China Sea area. Carried out from March 27th to March 29th. USS Carl Vinson among some other American naval vessels (need a report from the US side to get names of others) and JS Yuudachi, JS Samidare, JS Sazanami, JS Umigiri, and JS Hamagiri.

http://www.mod.go.jp/msdf/formal/info/news/201703/20170329-01.pdf

 

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Presidente Duterte's position on the EU has not changed much.

 

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/154173/duterte-drops-the-f-bomb-on-eu-anew

 

"...Just tell [the EU] that the Mayor [El Presidente] says you are fucking shits."

 

On the bright side, El Presidente appears unlikely to make the sale and eating of whale meat illegal based on a selective code of morality anytime soon.

 

"...Do not impose your morality or whatever it is on us. Because we hate you for being a hypocrite."

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-4354266/Why-strong-relationship-Russia-essential.html"Why a 'strong relationship' with Russia is 'essential' for India's foreign policy"

I think to satisfy sufficient level of understand of the point would require a full quote.

 

"A strong relationship with Russia is essential for maintaining a balance in our foreign policy and preserving our strategic autonomy.

 

Our aspiration to be a leading power requires both. "

 

The purpose is for balance. Balance is important of course but it is to not be mistaken as taking a side. As the article describes, Russia's close relations with China and India's own raise to greater strength will require understanding in Russia to enable India in finding way to keep relations with Russia strong. Simply said, Russia probably needs to reduce the close relationship it has with China. Two unchangable points of contention that India has with China is China's close military relation with Pakistan and the more recent growing Chinese maritime influence in the Indian Ocean.

 

It is interesting to note that in addition to Modi's visit in June, Abe will visit in April, and a Duterte will visit in May. So Russia just might consider developing further relations with these three countries at the expense of reducing relations somewhat with China.

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Simply said, Russia probably needs to reduce the close relationship it has with China.

 

….Or increase cooperation with India (but it is two-sided process, and if India not willing to go this way – Russia can’t drag it). Currently cooperation with India is strong, but Indians are known to be tough negotiators and it is not clear to what extent they are willing to increase cooperation. There is no sence for Russia in reducing cooperation with China (=cutting both financial benefits and political weight) just to please somebody who is not going to provide something in return.

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Simply said, Russia probably needs to reduce the close relationship it has with China.

 

….Or increase cooperation with India (but it is two-sided process, and if India not willing to go this way – Russia can’t drag it). Currently cooperation with India is strong, but Indians are known to be tough negotiators and it is not clear to what extent they are willing to increase cooperation. There is no sence for Russia in reducing cooperation with China (=cutting both financial benefits and political weight) just to please somebody who is not going to provide something in return.

I don't doubt relations are at strong levels, certainly stronger than with the Philippines and Japan. Because they are already strong, then finding areas to increase cooperation might not be the point so much but to just keep things as they are. So then a reason why an article about India saying it needs a strong relation with Russia in order for balance might because new trends might result in a drift away from Russia. China is a big part of new trends. It would be very difficult for India to change positions regarding China's growing maritime influence in the Indian Ocean or China's deep and long running military relations with Pakistan. Russia might have to rub China the wrong way on a couple of things in the area of security in order to get India's cooperation for whatever Russia may want from India in addition to what they currently get.

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Okinawa college students visited USS Bonhomme Richard.

 

 

 

College students from Okinawa International University, Ryukyu University and Toyo Medical Community College toured the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as part of a military exchange experience during the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s 17.1 Spring Patrol of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Education programs, such as this military exchange experience, increase cooperation, trust and understanding between the U.S. military and the Okinawan community. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s air-ground-logistics team provides a flexible force, ready to perform a wide range of military operations, from limited combat to humanitarian assistance operations, throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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https://twitter.com/mcipacpao/status/846963384784441345

 

It should surely make the anti-base/osprey-gumi knuckleheads more upset than their usual.

 

But Japanese netizens here responded very positively to it.

http://ai.2ch.sc/test/read.cgi/newsplus/1490858346/

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USN-JMSDF joint-cruise in the Philippine Sea.

 

 

 

The following is a March 28, 2017 U.S. Navy video of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers JS Hamagiri (DD 155), JS Samidare (DD 106), JS Umigiri (DD 1), JS Yudachi (DD 103) and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) participate in a photo exercise in the Philippine Sea.

https://news.usni.org/2017/03/31/video-u-s-carrier-uss-carl-vinson-underway-japanese-warships

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HMNZS Te Kaha visits the Philippines.

 

 

 

As the country strengthen its defense ties with New Zealand, a helicopter frigate, the HMNZS Te Kaha, will be paying a goodwill and port visit to the Philippines from April 4 to 7.

Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincua said the ship, skippered by Cmdr. Stephen John Lenik, will be docking at Pier 15, South Harbor, Manila.

Other ranking officials in the HMNZS Te Kaha includes Commodore James Gilmour, New Zealand Maritime component head.

Lincuna said the visiting ship will be given the usual meeting point procedure off Corregidor Island by the BRP Rajah Humabon.

The Philippines and New Zealand held Bilateral Defense Talks (BDT) last March 6, expressing their commitment in strengthening and deepening their defense ties.

This was emphasized by Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary Cardozo Luna during the Bilateral Defense Talks (BDT) held in Manila last March 6.

Present during the BDT was New Zealand Defense Minister Helen Quilter and Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna.

Both nations have a bilateral defense cooperation agreement signed in 2012.

During the meeting, Luna expressed his appreciation to New Zealand’s contribution in the building up the capacity of Philippine defense forces even as he noted that bilateral relations are pursued within the ambit of multilateral platforms particularly the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM)-Plus.

As this develops, Quilter conveyed that New Zealand looks forward to working with the Philippines once more as co-chair for 2017-2020 of the newly established ADMM-Plus Expert Working Group on Cyber Security.

She also recalled how the co-chairmanship of the Philippines and New Zealand in 2011-2014 of the ADMM-Plus EWG on Peacekeeping Operations resulted in productive undertakings that contributed in enhancing the capacity of ADMM-Plus members pursue peacekeeping operations.

Provided with an out brief of the Mutual Assistance Program Talks held earlier in by their respective military officials, Luna and Quilter commended the resulting program of action crafted by the two sides, noting the shared sense by the New Zealand and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) representatives that the MAP Talks was a tangible manifestation of the common desire to reinvigorate military-to-military interaction.

The talks took full cognizance of the needs of the AFP given the changed security environment and what NZ could offer given recent developments in the strategic landscape.

Beyond assessing the current state of bilateral defense relations and exploring ways to move the relationship forward, both defense officials likewise exchanged view on matters of common concern to include maritime security, the interactions of major powers in the Asia-Pacific and combating terrorism and violent extremism.

 

http://news.mb.com.ph/2017/04/01/nz-frigate-te-kaha-to-pay-4-day-visit-to-ph/

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JS Sazanami with USS Bonhomme Richard and USS Green Bay for 2 days in the East China Sea and Sea of Japan.

 

 

 

170331-N-GR361-024 EAST CHINA SEA (March 31, 2017) The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), the amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20) (not pictured) and the Japanese destroyer JDS Sazanami (DD 113) steam together in formation through the East China Sea for a photographic exercise. Green Bay, part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted a series of drills and maneuvers with Sazanami over a two-day period to improve interoperability and coordination in order to operate jointly under the tenets of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

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170331-N-TH560-191 SEA OF JAPAN (March 31, 2017) The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Takanami-class destroyer JS Sazanami (DD 113) steams alongside the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) in the Sea of Japan. Green Bay, as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted a series of drills and maneuvers with Sazanami over a two-day period to improve interoperability and coordination to operate jointly under the tenets of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

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170331-N-TH560-015 SEA OF JAPAN (March 31, 2017) A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) SH-60J Seahawk helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is on a routine patrol, operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance warfighting readiness and posture forward as a ready-response force for any type of contingency.

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HMNZS Te Kaha continues on for a 5 day stop at Vietnam.

 

The Royal New Zealand Navy ship, HMNZS TE KAHA carrying 27 officers and 150 sailors on board docked in central Da Nang citys port on April 12, starting its five-day friendship visit to Vietnam.

 

The ship and crew members were welcomed by representatives of the municipal Department of Foreign Service, the Military Zone 5, the Naval High Command and relevant agencies, and those from the New Zealand Embassy in Vietnam.

 

Before reaching the port, the guest ship joined vessels of the Vietnam Peoples Navy for a number of activities relating to communications and operation performance at sea.

 

During the stay, the officers and sailors are scheduled to pay courtesy visits to leaders of the municipal Peoples Committee, the Military High Command Zone 5 and the Naval High Command Zone 3.

 

They will also play sports with Vietnamese naval officers and soldiers; take part in several social activities; and visit tourism and historical sites in the city.

http://m.english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/176439/new-zealand-naval-ship-visits-da-nang.html# Edited by JasonJ
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While on visit in Japan, Pence makes a speech on USS Ronald Reagan where the US-Japan alliance is a main theme where he said that Japan's role in the alliance will grow in the years to come.

 

 

 

Delivering a speech on the fight deck of an American aircraft carrier anchored at the naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, visiting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned Pyongyang not to test the resolve and military capability of the United States, vowing that such a move would be met with “an overwhelming and effective American response.”

“The full range of the United States military capability is dedicated to the protection of Japan. Japan, you are our friend — you are our ally — and on that foundation, we will face the future together,” Pence told the thousands of American and Japanese sailors who packed the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, which is based in the port city.

“We will defeat any attack, and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response,” he said in the speech, which was livestreamed on the White House website.

“The United States of America will always seek peace but under President (Donald) Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready,” he said.

Pence came to Japan on the second leg of his 10-day Asian tour amid growing tensions over Pyongyang’s threat to conduct its sixth nuclear test at any time.

Another atomic test would further advance Pyongyang’s efforts to develop a small enough nuclear warhead that could be mounted on top of a ballistic missile.

North Korea is also trying to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that can hit the continental U.S. If it ever succeeded, this would pose a grave threat to the United States and its allies.

The USS Ronald Reagan is the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier and a visible symbol of the U.S. power projection in the Asia-Pacific region.

The carrier, however, is undergoing maintenance works and is not expected to depart before May, according to Stars and Stripes, a U.S. newspaper which serves the military community.

Pence chose the ship’s deck as the venue to once again emphasize Washington’s commitment to the Japan-U.S. military alliance based on the 1960 bilateral security treaty.

“You here, on the deck of this great ship, are the physical manifestation of that alliance,” Pence said.

“The U.S. will strengthen its presence in the Asia-Pacific. Japan will assume a larger role and responsibility in our alliance in the years ahead.

“Both of our nations will continue to expand our cooperation for our common defense.”

Pence’s visit to Tokyo was originally designed to focus on trade talks with Japan, and he and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday set up a dialogue framework over economic issues.

But global attention has instead shifted to what kind of message Pence would deliver to a recalcitrant North Korea in Tokyo.

“Make no mistake — under President Trump, the U.S. will be strong, stronger than ever before,” the vice president said.

“When America is strong, the world is safe,” he added.

Pence also reaffirmed that the Japan-U.S. bilateral security treaty would be applied to the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, which are claimed by both China and Taiwan. The Japanese-administered islets are known as the Diaoyus in China and Tiaoyutais in Taiwan.

“Under President Trump, the U.S. commitment to Article 5 of our security treaty is unwavering, and the treaty covers all of the territories administered by Japan, including the Senkaku Islands,” Pence said.

Claiming sovereign power over the uninhabited islets, Beijing regularly dispatches government ships to the area — moves that have unnerved Tokyo.

Article 5 obliges the U.S. to jointly defend areas administered by Japan, and U.S. top officials have repeatedly affirmed this obligation to ease public concerns among Japanese over the potential for military clashes between Japan and China.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/04/19/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/u-s-vice-president-pence-says-north-korea-sword-stands-ready/#.WPcvZfl97cs

 

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US subs in Japan.

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7th 2+2 defense meeting between Australia and Japan. Agreement to deepen defense ties as well as trilateral defense ties with the US. Joint training involving fighter jets in Japan next year.

 

Tokyo and Canberra agreed Thursday to reinforce defense cooperation in Asia amid rising tensions over North Korea’s nuclear saber-rattling and try harder to engage Washington in the effort.

“Australia is our special strategic partner that shares basic values and strategic interests with us. We agreed to promote our cooperation to strengthen a free and open international order that is based on the laws,” Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said.

In the so-called two-plus-two foreign and defense chief meeting, Kishida and Defense Minister Tomomi Inada met with their visiting Australian counterparts, Julie Bishop and Marise Payne, respectively, in Tokyo. It was their seventh such meeting.

The dialogue comes at a “difficult and challenging” time for the Asia-Pacific region amid repeated rounds of nuclear provocations by North Korea, Bishop said at the start of the meeting.

North Korea is widely viewed as being on the cusp of its sixth nuclear test in the run-up to the 85th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean People’s Army on April 25.

“We’re living in a more uncertain security environment, which makes this meeting even more opportune and timely,” Bishop said, emphasizing such a meeting has always been a reassuring reminder that Japan and Australia are “guarded by the same values and common interests and similar worldviews.”

“Australia sees Japan among the most like-minded nations in the Indo-Pacific,” she said.

At a joint news conference after the meeting, Inada revealed the four agreed that “continued engagement” by the U.S. in the Asia-Pacific region is necessary and that Japan and Australia will “powerfully promote” trilateral defense cooperation involving the U.S.

The high-profile dialogue between the two pairs of ministers comes on the heels of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s first visit to Japan earlier this week.

After speaking with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, Pence assured Tokyo that, amid the “most ominous” threat emanating from the North, “we are with you 100 percent,” reaffirming the White House’s position that it will further pursue “diplomatic and economic dialogue” to keep the recalcitrant North in check, although “all options are on the table.”

“We have discussed specific issues including escalating threats posed by North Korea. And while we support the United States approach that all options (will be on) the table with regard to curbing North Korea’s illegal and belligerent behavior, we share a common view that we want to ensure stability and security on the Korean Peninsula by peaceful means,” Bishop said.

Before Thursday’s meeting, Inada had held a talk with Payne on Wednesday in which the two agreed to beef up trilateral cooperation with the U.S.

“Amid the increasing severity of our regional security landscape, defense cooperation between Japan and Australia has become extremely important,” Inada told Payne at the onset of the chat, according to the Defense Ministry.

Although Japan does not have a security treaty with Australia, it nonetheless characterizes the country as a “semi-ally,” with their bilateral relationship recently bolstered anew by their shared “strong opposition to any coercive or unilateral” attempt to alter the status quo in the East China Sea, as was stated in Abe’s summit meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in December 2015.

While they did not single out any country for criticism, it is widely believed the two leaders were referring to China’s maritime assertiveness.

During Wednesday’s meeting, Inada and Payne also agreed that the two nations will conduct a joint military drill involving fighter jets in Japan next year, in what was touted as the latest initiative to further deepen their bilateral relationship.

They also hailed the recent revision of the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement, a bilateral pact designed to improve logistics support between their militaries during U.N. peacekeeping operations, international relief operations, joint exercises and other occasions.

Japan’s enactment of two divisive security laws in summer 2015 paved the way for the expansion of the ACSA, which initially took effect in January 2013, adding ammunition to a list of supplies the Self-Defense Forces is authorized to provide to Australian forces.

 

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/04/20/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-australia-move-bolster-defense-ties-asia/#.WPozmvl97cs

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Balikatan 2017 coming up in May. Will be smaller than last year's exercise but it was questionable as to whether or not there would be a Balikatan for 2017 at all because of Duterte's anti-America rhetoric combined with his apparent cozying up with China.

 

 

 

Military officials in the Philippines have announced that joint annual drills with the United States will continue although the mission would mostly focus on humanitarian and counter-terrorism operations rather than live-fire exercises.

The military said Sunday that annual military exercises, known as Balikatan (Shoulder-to-Shoulder), will now go ahead in May, and will last for 10 days.

"It will be scenario-based like (preparing for) a big storm hitting the Philippines or the possibility of terrorism," Balikatan spokesman Major Celeste Frank Sayson, said, adding "We are safe to say there will be no more live-fire exercises. We (will) focus on humanitarian and civil assistance."

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana had said earlier that the exercises would focus on fighting terrorism, a top priority for the Philippines, which is still battling militants in its lawless south.

The drill will be the first under President Rodrigo Duterte, an outspoken critic of the West who has repeatedly clashed with Washington over his anti-drug campaign. He has also courted China, effectively putting into question Manila's 70-year alliance with the US. Duterte even suggested last year that the annual drills should be cancelled and US troops should leave the Islands nation.

Before Duterte, the drills intensified as disputes between the Philippines and China over islands in the South China Sea escalated. However, Duterte has ignored the dispute in favor of economic concessions from Beijing.

However, Manila still needs military support from the US to repel sporadic attacks by militants of the Abu Sayyaf and other groups that have pledged allegiance to the Daesh Takfiris in Iraq and Syria.

Clashes erupted between security forces and militants earlier in the week after Abu Sayyaf elements attacked a key Philippine tourist destination, the first of its kind in recent years.

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As USS Carl Vinson heads back up to the Sea of Japan for real this time, two JMSDF destroyers to conduct joint-training with it for a few days starting today.

 

 

 

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan and the United States will conduct a joint naval drill in the Western Pacific on Sunday involving two Japanese destroyers and the U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, which is headed for waters off the Korean Peninsula, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force said.

The Japanese vessels and the Carl Vinson carrier strike group will conduct strategic maneuver and communication drills for a few days. The exercises come at a time when North Korea is continuing to aggressively pursue the development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

Concerns are growing that North Korea may conduct further test-firings of missiles or a sixth nuclear test around the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army on Tuesday.

The Navy's 3rd Fleet announced on April 8 that the Pacific commander had ordered the Carl Vinson Strike Group, including the aircraft carrier, two guided-missile destroyers and a cruiser, to sail north after departing Singapore.

Reports said the carrier did not immediately sail north and instead conducted a drill with Australia in the Indian Ocean before moving toward the Korean Peninsula.

MSDF destroyers took part in joint drills last month with Carl Vinson in the East China Sea.

 

http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Japanese-destroyers-to-start-drill-Sunday-with-US-carrier-Carl-Vinson

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Vice President Pence was a guest of Japan and the Japanese people. His speech should have been made elsewhere than the deck of a non-Japanese warship.

 

If this level of respect for the hospitality of a host is any indication, he may have brought a bag of foot-long sandwiches from Subway with him for the trip.

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Vice President Pence was a guest of Japan and the Japanese people. His speech should have been made elsewhere than the deck of a non-Japanese warship.

 

If this level of respect for the hospitality of a host is any indication, he may have brought a bag of foot-long sandwiches from Subway with him for the trip.

 

With the current North Korea situation, I'm sure the host nation is more than OK with it. His speech was by large security related, and his words were very supportive of the SDF and Japan as well I thought. SDF personnel were also at the speech, at the bleachers to the left. Abe visited the same carrier in 2015.

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As USS Carl Vinson passes by Okinawa, it was planned to have two F-18s do a quick joint training over the ocean east of Okinawa with two F-15Js stationed in Naha base, but was cancelled due to bad weather.

 

The JASDF had planned to have SDF aircraft carry out joint training with US carrier aircraft while the US carrier navigates through the Pacific Ocean in the Okinawa area on the 26th, but due to bad weather, it was announced that is was canceled.

 

It was announced that during AM hours on the 26th, the JASDF would carry out the joint training using two F-15 fighters stationed at Naha base with 2 F-18 attack aircraft from USS Carl Vinson over the Pacific Ocean east of Okinawa.

 

However the weather of the air zone where the training was to occur became bad, and afterwards, the weather had not improved, so in evening on the 26th, plans were changed and it was canceled.

 

This training was planned to join and fit into the joint-training that started this month on the 23rd between the US carrier heading towards the Korean Peninsula area and the JMSDF. It is not decided as to whether or not the JASDF carry out joint-training at a later time.

 

Meanwhile, the joint-training between the US carrier and the JMSDF is still going on in the seas around Okinawa and according related staff with the Ministry of Defense, it is possible that it will continue later in the Sea of Japan, although it is not definite.

 

 

航空自衛隊は、アメリカ軍の空母が沖縄周辺の太平洋を航行しているのに合わせて26日、自衛隊の戦闘機と空母の艦載機が共同訓練を行う予定でしたが、悪天候のため中止したと発表しました。

航空自衛隊は26日午前、那覇基地のF15戦闘機2機とアメリカ軍の空母カール・ビンソンに搭載されているFA18戦闘攻撃機2機が沖縄の東の太平洋上で共同訓練を行うと発表しました。

 

しかし、訓練を行う空域で天候が悪化し、その後も回復しないため、26日夕方、中止になったと改めて発表しました。

 

この訓練は、アメリカ軍の空母が朝鮮半島の周辺に向けて航行しているのに合わせて、今月23日から始まっている海上自衛隊との共同訓練に合流する形で行われる予定でした。航空自衛隊との訓練が今後行われるかどうかは決まっていないということです。

 

一方、アメリカ軍の空母と海上自衛隊の共同訓練は、沖縄周辺の海域で続けられていて、防衛省関係者によりますと、今後、日本海でも行われる可能性があるものの、具体的な見通しは立っていないということです。

 

 

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20170426/k10010962001000.html

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Vice President Pence was a guest of Japan and the Japanese people. His speech should have been made elsewhere than the deck of a non-Japanese warship.

 

If this level of respect for the hospitality of a host is any indication, he may have brought a bag of foot-long sandwiches from Subway with him for the trip.

 

SDF personnel were also at the speech, at the bleachers to the left.

 

 

That's even worse. A guest of Japan and the Japanese people relegating Japanese to the colored section of the bleachers in left field. In their own harbor.

 

Utterly thoughtless.

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Vice President Pence was a guest of Japan and the Japanese people. His speech should have been made elsewhere than the deck of a non-Japanese warship.

 

If this level of respect for the hospitality of a host is any indication, he may have brought a bag of foot-long sandwiches from Subway with him for the trip.

 

SDF personnel were also at the speech, at the bleachers to the left.

 

 

That's even worse. A guest of Japan and the Japanese people relegating Japanese to the colored section of the bleachers in left field. In their own harbor.

 

Utterly thoughtless.

 

 

Well, I don't really get the impression that it would be a common thought about the speech on the carrier deck. Not having that impression is of course based on what I listen to or watch from time to time regarding international affairs, the alliance, etc. And I generally listen and watch what would be called "right-wing", not "ultra-right wing" or "nationalistic" mind you. Everyone is generally on the same boat about the US-Japan alliance.

 

Also, here is a Japanese netizen thread about the Pence's speech on USS Ronald Reagan. It has 809 posts.

http://ai.2ch.sc/test/read.cgi/newsplus/1492571082/

Comments are a mix bag, a bit of Korean hate in there, but the general overall feel illustrated by the following posts..

 

"War between US and the North is coming!"

 

"The left-wingers will go crazy"

 

"Why only one F-18 on deck, where are the others?"

 

"Ronald Reagan still undergoing maintenance?"

 

"Somehow, America starting to talk a lot in the same way North Korea talks inhumanely"

 

"Doing the US-Japan alliance properly, but what can Japan do for the US?"

 

"Bring Carl Vinson up"

 

"Send out Ronald Reagan"

 

"Call back George Washington!"

 

"But it's still under maintenance isn't it?"

 

"The US is losing out of ability of the long time in the alliance, hurry and wipe them out now!"

 

"The US backing off from Chinese military advances in the South China Sea and the US permitting North Korea nuclear weapons development, the US makes a false show of force, turns to Japan and demands with "The US is protecting Japan so let's renegotiate the economic problem". America, China, and North Korea, like three brothers, roll together."

 

"Oh really. Simply put, it has become something like an era of ignoring."

 

"Ally countries together with China applying both economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea. The military isn't going in, lol."

 

"I think the risk should be taken to fight now while North Korea doesn't have nuclear tipped missiles."

 

"American is just saying the same stuff."

 

"Pence is net-right winger, lol."

 

"Doing something like this in Japan is American strategy."

 

"Talking up Trump's approval rating"

 

 

 

Here is some funny text-art from the thread while I'm at it..

 

I'll turn Seoul into a sea of fire nida

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Seals!!!! Hurry and get here!!!!

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Let's hurry and get outta here!!!!! After Trump attacks North Korea, we won't make it in time!!!!

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NSFW

 

Patience has ended..

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The speech on the carrier in Japan just doesn't strike me to be offensive to them.

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I can understand how some might fear a Japan that might be able to say no in the future. In a general sense, there will always be those who prefer to be told what to do in various ways rather than make their own decisions.

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