Japan seeks to strengthen its military presence

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Japan has announced it plans to boost its military equipment with the aid of the U.S., as it fears it will lose ground over China’s growing supremacy in the region and also in order to repel Russian tactics.

Notes from the 10-year defence plan between the two nations are make the intentions clear, "The United States remains the world's most powerful nation, but national rivalries are surfacing and we recognise the importance of the strategic competition with both China and Russia as they challenge the regional order."

China has already dispatched aircrafts and vessels to nearby waters and North Korea is still a long way from dismantling its nuclear regime.

Russia meanwhile continues to probe Japanese air defences, along with making bold claims of building new barracks for troops on a northern island it had captured from Japan at the end of World War II.

Due to this Japan has already made arrangements to purchase an additional 45 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 stealth fighters to a previous order of 42 aircrafts, at a cost of around $4 billion.

The aircrafts will be used to patrol the waters on the edge of the East China Sea, were Japanese islands come into close proximity to Taiwan and the Philippines, heading towards the South China Sea.



Source: Smart Trend Team