JAPAN TO DEPLOY MISSILES TO DISPUTED ISLANDS NEAR TAIWAN…
... but read more closely; this article comes courtesy of J.Q., and for those who've been following my speculations that Japan is indeed a turn-key nuclear, and in all probability, thermo-nuclear power, read on: https://americanmilitarynews.com/2021/08/japan-ups-the-ante-against-china-plans-to-deploy-nukes-near-taiwan-next-year/
You'll note that not only is Japan not backing down in its dispute with China over the islands, it is actually deploying military units to some of them which could conceivably also act as shields to Taiwan.
Or to put that differently, Japan is basically stating that any Chinese move against Taiwan is a move against Japan; think twice before pulling that trigger.
This comes within the same time frame as Mr. Putin's recent visit to India, where he and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inked no less than 28 trade and military-technology deals, a set of agreements that once again highlights my personal opinion that Russia is the real "hidden member" of "the Quad" or what I've been calling the Quadruple entente. (The public, "accepted narrative" version of the Quad is that the members are the USA, India, Japan, and Australia. My personal view is that the quad is not an alliance, but a system of "mutual understanding", a Quadruple Entente, and that its members are Russia, Japan, India, and possibly Australia or the USA). The key to my analysis in the respect has always been that Russia, in order not to become a second-class partner of China or a mere satrapy of it, must have a counterbalancing relationship with the two other Asian powers, Japan and India.
Within that time frame and within this stated intention of Japan to militarize the islands, we get this:
In a move that is expected to challenge China’s dominance in the South China Sea, Japan has reportedly planned to deploy missile units next year on an island that is merely 300 kilometres off the coast of Taiwan. The move is aimed at countering Beijing’s increasing naval presence in an area that carries a history of military disputes, reported Japanese media, adding that the nukes will also help defend against a potential Chinese attack.
Japan is planning to deploy the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) missile units on the island of Ishigaki, which is only 306km from the Taoyuan Taiwan International Airport. The new unit, which aims to be operational in 2022, is also set to be manned by 500 to 600 troops of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF).
The Japanese defense ministry is also reportedly planning to install an electronic warfare unit on the Yonaguni island by the end of 2023. According to local news outlets, the country is also building a new SDF base on the island of Mageshima. (Boldface emphasis added)
Now... wait just a minute...
Japanese media is reporting that missiles are going to be deployed and that "the nukes will also help defend against a potential Chinese attack"!?!?
The implication here - if the report is true - cannot be missed: the missiles Japan plans to deploy will be nuclear, and the other implication is also clear: Japan just announced, in a very quiet and typical sort of Japanese way, is "yea we have them, yes we're deploying them, and Taiwan is under their umbrella."
If true, then it is worth recalling what a wrote just a few days ago: Japan going nuclear would not be a matter of just a few hundred warheads, it would be on a scale rivaling that of Russia and the USA...
... and you can bet your bottom reminbi that they noticed in Beijing...
See you on the flip side...
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