Today, Japan and the United States affirm a partnership that is stronger and deeper than at any time in its history. Guided by our shared values; anchored by our common commitment to democracy and the rule of law; inspired by the innovation and technological dynamism of our economies; and rooted in the deep people-to-people ties between our countries, the Japan-U.S relationship is the cornerstone of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
It is in this spirit that Prime Minister of Japan KISHIDA Fumio welcomed Joseph R. Biden, Jr to Japan in his first visit as President of the United States. President Biden commended Prime Minister Kishida’s global leadership, including in the Japan-Australia-India-U.S. (Quad) Summit meeting.
TTCT – Căng thẳng trên Biển Đông với những vụ dàn hàng trăm “tàu cá” ở bãi Ba Đầu dẫn đến phản kháng từ các nước liên quan, điều động lực lượng phòng vệ, rồi những vụ đeo bám giữa các nhóm tàu sân bay Mỹ – Trung, những phi vụ đông đến hai tá máy bay hướng về Đài Loan…
Liệu đó có phải là một màn nắn gân tân Tổng thống Mỹ Joe Biden? Và nó cũng sắp hạ màn?
Ai ép ai?
Ngay khi chính quyền Biden còn chưa yên vị, hôm 9-2, Reuters đưa tin hai nhóm tác chiến tàu sân bay USS Theodore Roosevelt và USS Nimitz của Mỹ đã bắt đầu tập trận chung ở Biển Đông.
Hong Kong (CNN)Tens of thousands of US and Japanese troops will begin a massive island-landing exercise in the Pacific this week as part of joint military operations seen as a warning to China that Washington backs Tokyo over Beijing’s claim to Japanese-controlled islands.Speaking aboard a Japanese warship Monday, Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, commander of US Forces Japan, said the exercises would demonstrate the ability of the US-Japan alliance “to deliver combat troops to defend the Senkakus or respond to other crises or contingencies.”Both Tokyo and Beijing claim the Senkaku Islands, known as the Diaoyus in China, as their own, but Japan has administered them since 1972.Tensions over the uninhabited rocky chain, 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo, have simmered for years, and with claims over them dating back centuries, neither Japan nor China is likely to back down.Chinese vessels have been spending record amounts of time in the waters around the islands this year, drawing condemnation from Tokyo.The US-Japan exercises, named Keen Sword 21, have been held biennially for more than 30 years. This year’s exercises run through to November 5.
HONG KONG — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, the first world leader to meet Donald J. Trump after the election in November, plans to meet with the president in Washington on Friday in the Oval Office. Mr. Abe is then planning to fly to Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., to play golf with the president.
Why are they meeting?
Mr. Abe wants to talk to Mr. Trump about trade and economic issues, which have already been the subject of some critical Twitter postings and remarks from the president.
Mr. Abe is also eager to pursue a closer personal relationship with Mr. Trump, with whom he shares some ideological leanings, including a resistance to immigration.
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis (L) listens to Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada during a joint press conference in Tokyo. (AFP/Toru YAMANAKA)
WASHINGTON: The United States and Japan have conducted the first interception of a ballistic missile target using a jointly built system, amid heightened tensions over North Korea’s missile programme.
The two nations have been working together since 2006 to develop a variant of the Standard Missile-3, a ship-launched missile that operates as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defence System.
Friday’s test off Kauai in Hawaii saw the Standard Missile-3 “Block IIA” successfully hit its target in space, the US Missile Defence Agency said.
According to the MDA, America has so far spent about US$2.2 billion on the system and Japan about US$1 billion.
“We are both deeply concerned about North Korea’s capabilities, and we are constantly working to improve our defense capabilities,” MDA spokesman Chris Johnson said Monday.
“It makes sense for the US and Japan to share some of that burden.”
Mitsubishi and Raytheon both make parts of the missiles, which are assembled in the United States, and which are designed to defeat medium- and intermediate-range missiles.
The test occurred as Pentagon chief Jim Mattis was in East Asia on his first overseas trip as defence secretary.
He said on Friday that any nuclear attack by North Korea would trigger an “effective and overwhelming” response, as he sought to reassure Asian allies rattled by President Donald Trump’s isolationist rhetoric.
South Korea is working with the United States to install another system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system, this year to prevent against any missiles from the North.
A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island (top), Minamikojima (bottom) and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 2012. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo/File Photo
BEIJING: China warned the United States Saturday (Feb 4) not to destabilise East Asia after Donald Trump’s new defence secretary said an island chain claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing was covered by a US-Japan military accord.
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China has accused the US of putting the stability of the Asia-Pacific at risk after Donald Trump’s defence secretary said Washington would come to Japan’s defence in the event of a conflict with Beijing over the disputed Senkaku islands.
TOKYO — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis assured Japan’s prime minister on Friday that the United States would stand by its mutual defense treaty with the country, despite statements by President Trump during last year’s campaign that suggested he might pull back from American security commitments in Asia.
“I want there to be no misunderstanding during the transition in Washington that we stand firmly, 100 percent, shoulder to shoulder with you and the Japanese people,” Mr. Mattis said at the start of a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
TT – Nó nằm đó thù lù “một cục” trên bờ kè sát con đường Water Front cảng Subic, chiếc tàu ngầm hạt nhân USS Louisville của hạm đội 7 Mỹ, sáng nay thứ tư 27-6. Thật yên ả thả neo trên bến cảng ngày nào là căn cứ hải – không quân Mỹ.
Sau một thời gian dài không muốn làm “mất mặt” đồng minh Mỹ, Nhật Bản tham gia vào các biện pháp trừng phạt Nga. Nhưng khi liên minh chống Nga tan rã thì cũng là lúc mối quan hệ Nga-Nhật trở lại đúng bản chất với hai mâu thuẫn lớn, đó là hiệp ước hòa bình và tranh chấp lãnh thổ.
Thủ tướng Nhật Shinzo Abe gặp Tổng thống Nga Putin tại Diễn đàn Kinh tế phương Đông ở Vladivostok, tháng 9-2016.
TTCT – Muốn hay không muốn, sớm hay muộn, nước Nhật cũng phải “tự bơi”. Điều này chính phủ Shinzo Abe đã chuẩn bị từ mấy năm qua. Những thay đổi của thời thế càng làm cho tiến trình tự lực này dứt khoát hơn.
Ông Shinzo Abe là nguyên thủ nước ngoài đầu tiên chính thức gặp ông Donald Trump sau khi ông Trump đắc cử -japantimes.co.jp
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