Xi's has reformed the PLA to follow his larger strategic vision, placing greater emphasis on military diplomacy and seeking armed dominance in the region.
On a per capita basis, South Korea is spending more than twice as much on defense, and its weapons development budget is believed to be triple...
This is the first time in history that the US has embraced a Japanese strategy as its own. India, Australia, and even Europe have endorsed it.
Looking to the US, strategists have largely overlooked the foresight and foundational role that Japan has played, starting with Shinzo Abe.
With a clear mandate, the ruling coalition of the LDP and Komeito must act on reforming Japan’s postwar Constitution and address urgent issues affecting the people.
Abe had a strategic vision for Japan, recognizing that it could no longer sit quietly, writing the occasional check, while events unfolded around it.
Ukraine “has brought together the threats from Russia and China and changed the world,” says French journalist and China expert Pierre-Antoine Donnet.
Japan’s security environment is harsher than NATO’s and the menace is not limited to Russia. Spending more than 2% of GDP is critical for national security.
The survey shows 6 in 10 favor an increase in defense spending, record high approval of the Kishida government, and Japanese softening on wearing masks.
Does Japan have the will to transform into a normal country, like Germany has done almost instantaneously in the wake of the Ukraine crisis?
How then can Tokyo persuasively call upon allies to cooperate in deterring China and North Korea amid the high level of regional threats?
Japan’s exclusion from the grouping is particularly startling considering that it is a key U.S. treaty ally and aligns with all three members on several points,...