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Japan To Join U.S. in South China Sea Provocations

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July 20 (EIRNS)–Adm. Scott Swift, the commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, took a ride on a P-8 patrol aircraft over the South China Sea yesterday, in what the Associated Press described as “a move likely to irk China,” though apparently without a CNN news crew accompanying him. Swift had just left Manila, where he spent four days, likely discussing, among other things, U.S. policy in the South China Sea with his hosts. Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin welcomed Swift’s move, saying it showed America’s commitment to come to the aid of allies locked in territorial disputes with China. “Militarily, we are nothing against China,” Gazmin said. “That’s why we have been asking our allies to assist us.”

Swift is now in Seoul, where he is meeting with top South Korean defense officials, before he moves on to Tokyo, where Japanese officials are contemplating joining the U.S. in anti-China provocations in the South China Sea. According to {Defense News}, a new Japanese defense white paper, to be released later this month, will directly call China’s reclamation work on the Spratlys, “high handed,” thereby directly supporting the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam in their territorial disputes with China. The Chinese have already responded, with Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying accusing Japan of trying to “smear China to create tensions in the region.”

U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Says U.S. Ready for Any Contingency in the South China Sea

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July 18 (EIRNS)–Admiral Scott Swift, the new commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, told reporters in Manila, yesterday, that the U.S. is ready for any contingency in the South China Sea, despite budget cuts that are overtaking the U.S. military. According to a report in the Associated Press, he said that the Navy may deploy more than the four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in the Pacific that it is already committed to forward basing in Singapore, and he said that he was “very interested” in expanding annual military exercises that the U.S. Navy co-sponsors with each of several countries in the region into a multi-national drill, possibly including Japan. Swift said he was “very satisfied with the resources that I have available to me as the Pacific Fleet commander,” adding “we are ready and prepared to respond to any contingency that the President may suggest would be necessary.” As far as the South China Sea, goes, he insisted that the U.S. doesn’t take sides on the territorial disputes but that the U.S. would press ahead with insuring freedom of navigation, there.

Swift arrived in the Philippines, on July 16 for a four day visit, just six weeks after taking command of U.S. Pacific Fleet. He met with Philippines defense chief Lt. Gen. Hernando Iriberri for 30 minutes, yesterday, during which they “engaged in friendly banter and had frank exchanges on various security topics,” reported the {Manila Inquirer}.

Japan Deepening Involvement in the South China Sea

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June 24, 2015 (EIRNS)–The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force sent a single P-3C maritime patrol aircraft, along with 20 people, to participate in a joint naval exercise with the Philippines Navy (which occurred simultaneously with joint US-Philippino naval exercise). The contingent was small, but it’s getting big play in both the Japanese and Western press because of what it is said to represent: that Japan is joining the US in the South China Sea. In theory, Japan’s fleet of P-3’s “could help the U.S. keep an eye on the Chinese navy in the South China Sea. Some experts think that’s a possibility in coming years,” reports the Associated Press. “It’s likely we will see Japan doing joint surveillance and reconnaissance in the South China Sea in the coming years,” said Narushige Michishita, a defense expert at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo. “It is going to be with the U.S., Australia, the Philippines and others.”

Not everybody in Japan welcomes this prospect, however. “Such a move would raise tensions with China, with which Japan already has a major territorial dispute over islands farther north in the East China Sea,” AP notes. “It would face public opposition at home from those who want Japan’s military to avoid getting entangled in overseas disputes.”

The deployment, the second for Japan’s military to the Philippines, comes as a contentious debate over expanding Japan’s military role in the region has been opened in the Japanese Diet. National security bills that the government of Prime Minister Shinzo has put before the legislature would codify Abe’s reinterpretation of the pacifist constitution to allow Japan participate militarily in “collective defense” actions outside of its own waters and airspace.

Former Philippine Senator Reports on LaRouche’s War Warning, Identifies Aquino as Obama Puppet and a Danger to Mankind

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June 15, 2015 (EIRNS)–Former Philippine Sen. Kit Tatad, who served as President Ferdinand Marcos’ Minister of Information in the 1970s and served in the Senate in the 1990s, strongly conveyed to his nation the warnings issued by Lyndon LaRouche that Barack Obama and Angela Merkel have brought the world to the brink of thermonuclear war against Russia and China, and that Philippine President B.S. Aquino was serving as Obama’s tool in the military encirclement of China, threatening both the destruction of the Philippines and the annihilation of much of the world’s population.

In an op-ed in the June 14 {Manila Times}, Sen. Tatad wrote that under Aquino, “we now stand on the brink of a possible war against China. We are being made to believe it is something we should welcome, because we would be fighting with American and Japanese troops, ships, planes, missiles and guns.” He shows that China would never start such a war, but that Aquino might, serving as Obama’s patsy.

Tatad reports in detail on the Merkel/Obama demonization of Putin, the movement of weapons, troops, and even nuclear cruise missiles close to the Russian border, but also on opposition to Obama’s moves against both Russia and China from within the US military.

He then reports: “Obama’s critics see him and his closest NATO allies as the real threats to world peace. They see him and Merkel as the primary engine of the campaign to start a war with Russia that could automatically draw in China, once the missiles start flying.

“In America, this thesis is championed by the 93-year-old Lyndon LaRouche of Leesburg, Virginia, a Quaker educated in the classics, who has run for president in each of the U.S. presidential elections from 1976 to 2004, and foresaw the trans-Atlantic economic collapse long before it came. He suggests that at the behest of London, Obama is pushing for a thermonuclear war that could prove terminal.

“The main objective, in his view, is the depopulation of the planet. This is consistent with the statement famously attributed to Prince Philip, that upon his death he would like to be reincarnated as a virus in order to shrink the population to less than a billion people.”

Senator Tatad then enumerates the nuclear weapons capacities in the world, capable of “Killing mankind 200 times over,” concluding: “In the face of this intense rivalry between China and the U.S., we have to make them see that we are friends to both, and that we have our own self-interests to defend and protect rather than theirs. It is only by talking that we can communicate this.”

Japan To Bolster Philippines Armaments, Navy to Serve as Cannon Fodder in Anti-China Conflict

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June 5, 2015 (EIRNS)–During Philippine President Aquino’s visit to Japan, the two countries agreed yesterday to launch talks to sell Japanese military hardware to the Philippines and to bolster exercises and operations between their militaries.

Aquino signed a deal with a Japanese shipbuilder to buy a fleet of 10 patrol vessels, the {Wall Street Journal} reported. Tokyo will provide a low-interest loan worth $150 million to pay for the ships. The purchase of the 44-meter boats from Tokyo-based Japan Marine United will enhance the capacity of the Philippines Coast Guard, raising it to the level of an annoyance from simple irrelevancy.

Standing next to Mr. Aquino Thursday, Mr. Abe said they had had “thorough discussions” about regional peace and stability, especially China’s attempt to build artificial islands in the South China Sea. “We confirmed that we share serious concern about large-scale land reclamation and that we oppose any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo,” Mr. Abe said.

Today, Aquino even offered to make a pact with Japan to allow Japanese troops to visit his country and join a wide range of operations, signalling a possible expanded Japanese troop presence in the South China Sea, according to the {AP}. Aquino said that a visiting-forces agreement would allow for refueling and other needs for Japanese troops while in the Philippines. The needs of Japanese troops in the Philippines were last satisfied in 1945.

China reponded quickly. The {Global Times} stated, “Manila is deluded if it thinks it can solve its disputes with China through courting the US and Japan, which will cost it much more than through engaging in negotiations with China.

“China won’t be unnerved by promises of equipment that Benigno Aquino III has obtained from Japan. If tensions in the South China Sea get worse, they will be nothing more than flashy ‘toys.’ They are in fact tools used by the Philippine president to fool his national citizens and package his failed South China Sea policy. China and the Philippines are in a row over the Nansha Islands. But reefs and islands Manila occupied outnumber those under control of China despite the uneven national strength. It’s lucky for Manila that it faces a restrained China.

China has never invaded the Philippines. In reality, the one-time …American colony was instead brutally ravaged by Japan.”