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With Biden Missing in Action, Japan Proposes Indo-Pacific Strategy to Counter China

With Biden Missing in Action, Japan Proposes Indo-Pacific Strategy to Counter China

AP News: “Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida … announced action plans for a new Indo-Pacific initiative aimed at countering China’s influence in the region.”

With U.S. President Joe Biden missing in action, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has proposed an Indo-Pacific initiative to counter Communist China’s growing military and economic clout.

As China’s increasing military might threatens neighboring countries and endangers the freedom of navigation in the region, Japan unveiled the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” (FOIP) plan to strengthen regional cooperation.

The plan proposed by Tokyo aims to complement the U.S.-led Quad, a four-nation alliance bolstered under President Donald Trump’s watch. The Quad comprises the U.S., Japan, India, and Australia.

Japan pledged $75 billion in global investment as a counterweight to Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative that extends Chinese influence globally. “Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday announced a new plan to promote an open and free Indo-Pacific, promising billions of dollars in investment to help economies across the region in everything from industry to disaster prevention,” Reuters reported. “The plan he announced in New Delhi is seen as Tokyo’s bid to forge stronger ties with countries in South and Southeast Asia to counter China’s growing assertiveness there.”

The Associated Press reported Japan’s ambitious plan:

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday invited his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for the Group of Seven summit in May and announced action plans for a new Indo-Pacific initiative aimed at countering China’s influence in the region.

Kishida, who is on a two-day trip to India, said he hopes to promote a vision of free and open Indo-Pacific, a Tokyo-led initiative for greater security and economic cooperation that is geared toward curbing Beijing’s growing assertiveness. It includes Japan’s assistance to emerging economies, support for maritime security, a provision of coast guard patrol boats and equipment and other infrastructure cooperation.

It fits with Japan’s new national security strategy adopted in December under which Tokyo Japan is deploying long-range cruise missiles to strengthen its strike-back capability, and using development aid more strategically in support of like-minded countries. (…)

China’s territorial claims in the East China and South China seas have rattled Beijing’s smaller neighbors in Southeast Asia as well as Japan, which is also facing threats from North Korea’s nuclear and missile development. The relationship between New Delhi and Beijing also has deteriorated since 2020, when Indian and Chinese troops clashed along their undefined border in the Himalayan Ladakh region, leaving 20 Indian and four Chinese soldiers dead.

It is significant that Japan’s prime minister unveiled his strategic plan during his visit to New Delhi. China has been at loggerheads with both India and Japan over territorial disputes.

China has made territorial claims along the 2100-mile border it shares with India, resulting in deadly military clashes in recent years. Beijing disputes Japan’s control over several islands in the East China Sea.

In a recent article, The Japan Times newspaper described the shared threat posed by China to both countries:

Modi — who leads the world’s largest democracy — and Kishida have both voiced concerns over China’s moves near their claimed territory.

In recent years, tensions have surged between China and India over a disputed Himalayan border known as the Line of Actual control. New Delhi has accused Beijing of attempting to “unilaterally change the status quo” with repeated Chinese encroachments over that mountainous border, sparking clashes and threatening to erupt into all-out conflict between the two Asian behemoths.

Tokyo has also faced off with Beijing over the Japanese-controlled, Chinese-claimed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, while also criticizing China’s military moves in the disputed South China Sea — home to crucial sea lanes that carry a large chunk of global trade. Japan has also become more outspoken about the need for “peace and stability” in the Taiwan Strait after China lobbed missiles over Taipei and into waters near Okinawa Prefecture’s Nansei Islands last year.

The Japanese leader’s visit to India came as China’s President Xi Jinping met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Xi’s visit reinforces the Chinese commitment to back Putin as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine grinds into the second year. Under President Biden’s watch, the China-Russia axis has emerged as an opposing bloc to the U.S. and its Western allies.


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The ‘Quad’ is a good idea as it relates to China. However, I would not turn my back on India just yet.

healthguyfsu | March 21, 2023 at 1:51 pm

Smart of them not to wait on Biden.

They all Biden is illegitimate and has dementia

Would you put your life and your country in his hands?

Lol, you have issues

    Who are you sniping at this time, gonzo? Vijeta? Someone who commented above you? If you want to be rude, at least have the courtesy to name the person you are sniping at. This non sequitur cattiness of yours is very off-putting, don’t you understand how small you look?

Biden is not “missing” – he’s never been present. He’s a puppet, and he’s so thoroughly corrupted, Soros and China have to argue who owns what part of him. This is no joke.

Leftist lunatics are running our country (every institution and large business), and they themselves are puppets of communist China.

Our nation is done. A country just doesn’t come back from the rot we’re suffering, because it’s terminal rot.

Our best course is to leave the rot behind.

    And go where? We were where everyone ran to

      Break off. It’s coming anyway. The ecomomic disaster about to hit won’t be like the Depressiom (no foreign enemy or traitora caused it, unlike what’s comkng). What we have to fear is the enemy within, and they”ve either us, or corrupted our former political party).

The pedophile in Chief isn’t missing, he was bought by China years ago.

BierceAmbrose | March 21, 2023 at 3:50 pm

Amazing what happnes when someone threatens to engulf their smaller neighbors, one by one. Imperial expansion by force has to move faster than the provikedd adaptive immune response.

Be like The ‘Rona — you gotta propagate n mutate faster than the counter-emasures. And, over time, lightly impacting your hosts works better than killing them. That is, if the point is something like how much of your genome propagates in the world. If the point is the killing, well, that works out differently.

CCP-China is going to find out how much of their “dominance” depended on the sufferance of people around them.

Biden and his regime is on track to diminish the standing of the U.S. in the world, to the distinct advantage of the Chinese.

Love him or hate him, this didn’t happen under President Trump.

The USA shouldn’t be the immediate guarantor of security for anyone but the USA. This sort of bilateral agreement among the neighbors of sketchy Nations like China is encouraging. They need to be prepared to defend their Nations and counter hostile neighbors individually and collectively. When our allies go all in on funding, building and maintaining a capable military then we should be willing to offer support to assist in case of a conflict.

When they direct their taxes to domestic programs and subsidies for their own domestic corporations to compete with the USA instead of maintaining a strong military capable of deterrence and implicitly rely on the US for protection they shouldn’t receive much support, IMO.

Personally, I’m thrilled to see other western countries waking up and taking responsibility for their security.

Being allies is one thing. Having some sort of international bodyguard thing is another. The idea that we will protect them regardless allows allies to get cheap, lazy and presumptuous and that’s a very unhealthy relationship.

indeed look at Europe
they knew USA would protect them so
instead of spending money on their own military to help protect them. they spent it on social programs free money 3 day work weeks and GOD know what else …
now the bill is coming due

AWOL more like, in his basement in Delaware.

He’d have had to have been in action to be missing in action.

Eating ice cream and sniffing little girls doesn’t count.

As someone who regularly follows the Indo-Pacific and Chinese international operations, I would not say that the United States has been doing nothing and is absent. To name a few this year alone:

1.US finalized a deal to sell an anti-tank mine laying system to Taiwan.
2. US has pushed a number of allies to limit high-end semiconductor exports to PRC
3. US increased the cooperation agreement with japan regarding critical technology.
4. is reconfiguring the 12th Marine Regiment currently based in Okinawa to increase intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, anti-ship, and transportation capabilities.
5. Marshall Islands will receive $700 million over four years under an MOU this grants the US with U.S. unique military and other security rights
6. Negotiating a similar deal with Micronesia
7.U.S. is continuing to develop military, intelligence, and aerospace facilities in the Marshall Island an area where China is active.
8.US sold Japan a bunch of cruise missiles.
9. US start working with Japan to use their radar system to increase space awareness.
10. $82 million to the Philippines to construct facilities to improve maritime security, disaster relief, and counterterrorism.

This doesn’t include the number of sanctions, export control changes, supply chain improvements, the AUKUS deal, Arms sales to Australia,

while there is a number of things I think his administration is incompetent about. They are working to counter Chinese aggression. Kishida trip covered a number of items: G7 summit, investment deals, security(economic, military), cooperation between aviation authorities, and illegal fishing. Frankly , Biden didn’t need to be this meeting

    BierceAmbrose in reply to darkhorse. | March 22, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    — F 35s, and support developing their flat-top “destroyers” to Japan.

    == Mobile ground-launched harpoons to Taiwan.

    == Stand-off air launch cruise missiles to Austrailia, plus program to develop attack subs that work.