Cable on U.S.-Ja­pan ties

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

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.

Bill Gertz can be reached at in­sid­e­ther ing@wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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