Skip to comments.Japanese troops head to Calif. beach for training
Posted on 06/09/2013 7:20:59 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
SAN DIEGOJapanese troops will converge on California's southern coast in the next two weeks as part of a military exercise with U.S. troops aimed at improving that country's amphibious attack abilities. U.S. and Japanese military officials said the unprecedented training, led by U.S. Marines and sailors, will help Japan's Self-Defense Force operate in stronger coordination with the United States, its main ally, and better respond to crises such as natural disasters.
China may see it differently, however, given the tensions between Tokyo and Beijing over a long-running dispute concerning islands claimed by both in the East China Sea.
"It's another dot that the Chinese will connect to show this significant expanding military cooperation," said Tai Ming Cheung, an analyst of Chinese and East Asian security affairs and director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at the University of California, San Diego.
China asked the United States and Japan to cancel the drill, scheduled to begin Tuesday,
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Why am I moderately uncomfortable about this? We’re training the Japanese for amphibious invasion?
It’s to take back any small Islands the Chinese may take from them.
We cannot ask young American Marines to fight and die doing a job that Japanese forces cannot, or will not, do, he said. The U.S. Marines will help, but they must have a capable partner.
But of course we can have our young Marines fight and die doing a job the citizens of Iraq or Afghanistan won't do.
Good to know who our 'REAL' allies are.
U R FUNNY
Need to tell the Chinese to FOAD.
Perhaps it's just because Obama is President and one suspects that he might be preparing them to take back Iwo Jima.
Not if Wild Bill Kelso has anything to say about it.
Nah, it’s so they can land at Long Beach, fight their way up the 605, and then take Arcadia and Temple City back from the Chinese.
It took 70+ years, but they finally made it.
Last I checked, Japan was an island. Don’t they have their own beaches to practice on?