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Xinhua Commentary: Japan-U.S. Alliance Is Moving Farther and Farther down a Dangerous Road

Xinhua published a commentary on the "2 +2" meeting of Japan and the U.S. held in Tokyo on October 3, 2013. The article said, “Japan and the U.S. expressed that they will cooperate in space and cyber-space, as well as in other new strategic areas and will complete the revision of the Japan-U.S. defense cooperation guidelines before the end of 2014. In addition, the United States welcomed the Japanese government’s amendment of its interpretation of the Constitution on collective self-defense, the implementation of its national security strategy, and the increase in its defense budget. One can see that Japan and the U.S. are intending to further strengthen defense cooperation and enhance the level of military integration. This indicates that the Japan-U.S. alliance is moving farther and farther down a dangerous road.” 

The commentary continued, “Needless to say, following the revision of the Japan-U.S. defense cooperation guidelines, the Japanese self-defense force (SDF) and the U.S. military will further implement military integration. SDF and the U.S. military will enhance cooperation in joint training, intelligence sharing, joint use of bases, and in other traditional areas. The scope of the Japan-U.S. alliance will also be expanded to new strategic areas in cyber-attacks and space cooperation. This means that the Japan-U.S. alliance will be greatly expanded both in depth and breadth. 

“The Abe regime has been seeking a major breakthrough in defense. … In this context, that the United States is adding fuel to the flames makes one wonder about its [ulterior] motives.  
“… Japan and the U.S. not only have not abandoned the Cold War mentality; on the contrary, they continue to strengthen military alliances, posing threats to regional peace and stability. This cannot help but cause people in the world and the Asia-Pacific region to be on high alert.” 

Source: Xinhua, October 3, 2013