Cable on U.S.-Japan ties
A State Department cable made public May 7 reveals the growing links between the U.S. and Japanese militaries in dealing with major security problems, including China’s growing military power.
The Feb. 5, 2010, cable from the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo quoted Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs, as telling his Japanese counterparts that “given North Korea’s activities, China’s growing military and increased nontraditional threats, including extremism, piracy and climate change, the United States and Japan face the most challenging security environment in the history of the alliance.”
Kazuyoshi Umemoto, the Japanese Foreign Ministry official for North America, said greater U.S.-Japan regional security cooperation “focusing initially on China,” is needed and that U.S. and Japanese military forces would expand cooperation, including on countering Chinese cyberwarfare and espionage.
Wallace “Chip” Gregson, until recently assistant defense secretary for Asia, was quoted in the cable as telling Japanese leaders that the United States is not reducing its presence in Northeast Asia “but rather expanding throughout the Pacific the presence of its existing alliances.”
“The United States encourages the increase in Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF) presence and operations around Guam and Asia,” the cable stated. “This will help protect sea lanes of communication from nontraditional and conventional threats.”
The U.S. government also is seeking the expanded use of Guam for joint U.S.-Japan military training.
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