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The U.S. Navy's USS George Washington aircraft carrier (Reuters)

​Source: RT.COM Tokyo suggested that it would allow the US to bring nuclear weapons into Japanese territory in the event of a serious threat to its security. In a briefing with lawmakers, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida outlined conditions that would lead Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government to make exceptions to Japan’s longstanding posture against possessing, producing, or allowing nuclear weapons within the nation’s borders, Read More …

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Source: The Interpreter The rise of China has returned to prominence Thucydides’ explanation of the epochal Peloponnesian War: ‘It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this inspired in Sparta that made war inevitable.’ This warning seems to be borne out by historical analysis, which apparently indicates that there’s a 75% chance of war as China replaces America in the global pecking order. Read More …

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By Robert Haddick The National Interest The Obama administration may have finally lost its patience with China’s salami-slicing in the East and South China Seas. Remarks over the past few weeks from administration officials show a tougher line and may foreshadow “red lines” to ward off further Chinese encroachments. These developments may show a White House increasingly ready to abandon a previous policy of forbearance Read More …

US Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Harry Harris Jr. gestures during an exclusive interview with The STAR at the US embassy in Manila yesterday.VAL RODRIGUEZ

By Marichu Villanueva The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – The United States is committed to fulfill its obligations under the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the Philippines even as there is full support for diplomatic resolution of territorial disputes with China and other claimant countries in the South China Sea. Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of the US Pacific Fleet, reiterated this commitment yesterday as Read More …

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Staff Reporter Want China Times  The United States may deploy its B-52 strategic bomber to defend Japan’s administration of the disputed Diaoyutai islands (Senkaku to Japan, Diaoyu to China) in the East China Sea if the People’s Liberation Army were ever to invade the islands, according to China’s Global Times, citing Japanese media reports. The B-52, the same aircraft the US sent to challenge China’s Read More …

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By Mario J. Mallari The Daily Tribune  A visiting admiral of the United States military yesterday vowed US help to the Philippines should China invade Pagasa Island, the seat of government of Kalayaan town in Palawan and one of the Philippine-occupied islands and reefs in the disputed South China Sea. While stressing he does not want to deal with hypothetical questions, Adml. Jonathan Greenert, chief Read More …

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In a clear policy shift, Washington is now challenging the basis of China’s claim to most of the South China Sea. By Zachary Keck  The Diplomat In recent weeks the Obama administration has done an about face on its position toward Asia’s sovereignty disputes, and is now actively challenging China on its nine-dash line claim to most of the South China Sea. Until recently, the Read More …

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Source: The Manila Times President Benigno Aquino 3rd has compared China’s efforts to claim disputed territories with those of Nazi Germany’s, while urging world leaders not to make the same mistake of appeasement, according to the New York Times. The Philippines has accused China of becoming increasingly aggressive in recent years in staking its claims to nearly all of the West Philippine Sea (South China Read More …

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By Erick San Juan Political pundits believe that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe under the guise of making Japan ‘a normal state’ is systematically turning to the policy of remilitarization of the country and spreading nationalistic values especially among the youth of Japan’s society in the process. Along with the changes in their constitution towards gradual moving away from the postwar principles, attempting to forget Read More …

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China reportedly began drawing up plans for a South China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone as early as  early as May 2013. By Zachary Keck The Diplomat China has begun drafting plans for an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, according to a new report from a Japanese newspaper. On Friday The Asahi Shimbun carried a report that said that “working-level Read More …