Japan soon to allegedly operate in the South China Sea

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 15.3.2017 09:38

On Tuesday March 14, Reuters, referring to its military resources, reported on a Japanese plan to dispatch its largest warship, the Izumo helicopter carrier, to the South China Sea where it should allegedly conduct an exercise with the United States Navy.

The reason for the largest demonstration of Japanese naval forces since the World War II is the growing concern about the expansion of China in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Izumo's three-month mission was indirectly confirmed by the Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, who claimed to invite the Japanese warship to the Philippines despite his previously established alliance with China. It is thus evident that Duterte isn’t totally loyal to China and will claim his share in the disputed waters regardless to his previous pledge of alliance with Beijing. In the light of the recent disapproval by ASEAN member states of China's expansion, the deployment of US THAAD missile systems to South Korea and along with the uncertainty around Donald Trump’s administration, China is facing new challenges in the region.

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