Taiwan

Japan help defend Taiwan? Yes. (Say what?)

[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=27.098254,125.266113&spn=15.30177,20.148926&t=h&z=6 width=600 height=600 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] Earlier this year the Asahi Shimbun polled Japanese citizens on how they viewed security matters. (I’ve since lost the actual article, but several Taiwanese articles, including this one at the China Post, went on to quote it.) The results were somewhat surprising. The numbers look like this: Should...

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Japan snatches Yonaguni Air Defense Zone

Japan has gone ahead and decided that airspace above Yonaguni island, the westernmost island in all of Japan, is indeed entirely Japan’s responsibility. That may sound like a no-brainer, but during the 1950s, the United States controlled Yonguni and the rest of the Ryukyu islands and decided to split control of the airspace with Taiwan....

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Japan turned down over Yonaguni ADIZ proposal

Taiwan has turned down Japan’s request to formally take over all airspace over Yonaguni Island, a Japanese island. Apparently, Taiwan likes the arrangement the way it is–Taiwan responsible for the airspace over the western half of the island (which is only 29 square kilometers), while Japan is responsible for airspace over the eastern half. The...

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Comparing the balance of naval power in the Pacific

Naval strategist Craig Hooper, JSW chum and fellow San Francisco-based blogger, wrote an article last month comparing the Chinese fleet with the American, South Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese fleets combined. A sample: China: Destroyers (2005 vs. 2009): 21 vs. 27 (+7) USA: Destroyers (2005 vs. 2009/10): 46 vs. 54/57 (+8/+11) Note: Japan brought into service...

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On the PLAN’s recent naval parades and resource wars

This writer for the Mainichi Daily News thinks that the passage of the Chinese flotilla off the coast of Okinawa was not aimed at the Japanese. Oh, it was “obviously” not. Rather, it was aimed at…the Americans! The Miyako Channel will likely serve as the gate to the open ocean for ships of the Chinese...

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