Pyongyang, December 11 (KCNA) -- The U.S.-Japan military drills in the South China Sea have been put on a regular footing.
The commander-in-chief of the U.S. Forces in the Pacific and the
minister of Defence of Japan at the talks in Hawaii on Nov. 24 agreed to
continue joint military maneuvers of U.S. forces and naval
"Self-Defense Force" of Japan in the South China Sea.
This goes to prove that the military nexus between the U.S. and
Japan has become ever more undisguised to reach a more aggressive phase.
The joint military actions of the U.S. and Japan are increasingly likely in the South China Sea.
They have staged annual joint military drills "AE-16" for over 20 years.
The captain of the U.S. nuclear carrier Ronald Reagan said during
the military drill "AE-16" staged in November that the drill clearly
demonstrated the close and strong military relations between the U.S.
and Japan and that the U.S.-Japan relations still remained the core of
the elements for ensuring security, stability, peace and prosperity in
the Pacific in the 21st century.
The U.S. forces and the Japan "Self-defense Forces" have staged
diverse drills, big and small, almost every month and every week in
They include "Yama Sakura", "Orient Shield" and "North Wind" by the
ground forces, "AE" and "Keen Sword" by the naval forces, "Red Flag" by
the air forces and "Dawn Blitz". The number of troops involved in the
drills and operations have further swelled in recent years.
It is the calculation of the U.S. that success in its strategy for
world domination in Northeast Asia where economic and military
potentials of big powers are growing strong largely hinges on the
tightening of the U.S.-Japan alliance.
To this end, the U.S. publicly supports the growing military muscle
of Japan and is set to cooperate not only in military drills but in the
development of weaponry and in the fields of cyber and space.
In the recently revised "U.S.-Japan Defence Cooperation Guidelines",
the U.S. designated the five fields of security cooperation between the
U.S. and Japan ranging from "peacetime" to "contingency" and specified
them. It also defined the enhancement of the role of the SDF such as
interception of ballistic missile, logistic support to the U.S. forces
worldwide, maritime safety, search and mine removal, nonproliferation of
WMDs, forcible inspection of ships and counter-terrorism operations.
In a nutshell, the U.S. allowed the SDF to extend the sphere of its
activities confined to the waters off Japan to the whole world and made
it possible for its forces to receive military support from Japan during
their military operations in any region of the world.
Japan seeks to reinforce the U.S. commitment to security in Japan
and cope with the expansion of influence of the regional countries
through greater contribution to the U.S.-Japan alliance.
The structure of confrontation in the region is further gaining in
depth and a new arms race and military clash are escalating in the
region due to the present U.S. policy of aggression and war and Japan's
policy of toeing the U.S. line.
The international community should never remain a passive onlooker
to the ever-tightening of the U.S.-Japan military nexus. -0