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Philippines marines trained with USMC in Okinawa.




Members of the Philippine Marine Corps under the Assault Armor Battalion trained with their United States counterparts inside US military base Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, on July 18, 2017.

“The Philippine Marine Corps recently purchased AAVS (Assault Amphibious Vehicles) and are working with U.S. Marines to learn different amphibious procedures – such as hand signaling, egress training, and water operations,” the US Marines said.

According to US Marines this is the first time the Philippine military has trained on an American base.

In April 2016, it was reported that Hanwha Techwin, previously Samsung Techwin, was declared as the winning bidder for the Department of National Defense’s Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) acquisition project.

8 AAVs are expected to be delivered in 2018. These assault vehicles can be housed and deployed at sea by Philippine Navy’s two Tarlac-class landing platform docks.


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Inada's utter incompetence has not only compromised Abe, but also the medium- and long-term goals of Nippon Kaigi in general.


Committing professional suicide is hardly enough at this point.


She's more like Japan SDF fan leader than a professional. For that, I kind of liked seeing her since giving an impression of liking the defense forces is often lower in comparison of other countries. But her time is up, can't say her leaving is regrettable, she's been on the job for only a year.


Japanese media is partially to blame as the focus so much attention on the scandals related to the friend veterinarian and the kindergarten. Some complain about the media attention on the scandals and the relatively weak coverage giving to things like Chinese Coast guard ships intruding into territorial waters. There's a lot of leftest media. Some call it 倒閣運動 or "knock down the cabinet movement".


In a July political survey, some interesting points..



Abe's rating was down to 34.7 compared to the 47.6 in June. LDP support went down from 36.0 to 29.1 but the loss of support points went to the junior komeito party that often sides with LDP (going from 4.1 to 5.3) or to the group that gave support to no party (38.1 to 45.7). The primary opposition political party also lost support despite LDP hit (from 8.3 to 7.0).


One question asked to select one person who they want to see replaced when the cabinet is reshuffled in early August. Inada got 63.1. Second highest was "don't know/can't say" at 18.4. Third was "not necessary to change anyone" with 9.9.


There were a few questions asking about changing the constitution. 46.5 support changing vs 43.8 that are against. Adding a part that includes the mentioning of the Self-Defense Force in article 9 is supported by 55.3 vs 31.3 that are against.


One question asked who was the most suitable to be the prime minster of Japan. Top choice was "nobody was suitable" at 21.6. Abe still manage to be selected third among the list at 19.7. The second highest pick was Ishiba at 20.4. Coming in at fourth with 9.0 was Shinjiro Koizumi, son of former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi. 5th was the Tokyo governor, Yuriko Koike with 8.9.

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Date 29.10.2020

US seeks Indonesia alliance against China maritime claims

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a tour to forge new alliances in Asia, with Indonesia high on his list. Washington, which is increasingly at odds with Beijing on regional issues, aims to build new bridges.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underlined US interest in cooperating with Indonesia in the South China Sea during a visit to Jakarta on Thursday. 

"I am looking forward to co-operating together in new ways to ensure maritime security protects some of the world's busiest trade routes," Pompeo told a joint press conference with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi. 

Marsudi, meanwhile, said she wanted a stable and peaceful South China Sea where international maritime law is respected. 

China, Brunei, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Taiwan have overlapping claims to parts of the South China Sea — one of the most important trade routes in the world. Jakarta has often positioned itself as an "honest broker" in these disputes but has clashed with Beijing over its own exclusive economic zone, for example when it comes to fishing.

Renewed China attack

Ahead of the US election, Pompeo repeated past assertions against China, with which US relations have deteriorated in recent times. He praised Indonesia's efforts to safeguard its interests while slamming China's "unlawful" claims. 

Pompeo is expected to meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo and also address an Islamic youth group on his visit. 

Pompeo is on a five-nation tour in Asia, to strengthen US relations in the region. Prior to visiting Indonesia, he visited India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. He will be flying to Vietnam later on Thursday. 


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