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Stealth Fleet in the East China Sea

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TOKYO — Dozens of U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force warships gathered in the East China Sea last week as part of a major war exercise — but not that you’d know it.  Exercise Keen Sword is held every other year to test inter-operability of U.S. and Japanese air, land and sea forces. But media coverage was severely restricted this year and a large-scale amphibious assault exercise was canceled. The reason: to avoid worsening the territorial dispute over Japan’s Senkaku Islands, which China also claims (and calls Diaoyu).  The U.S-Japanese fleet, one of the largest ever assembled, was within a days’ cruise of the islands. The 12-day Keen Sword exercise concluded Nov. 17.

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darragh_scully
darragh_scully

Just for the record, that picture tells you that were not at the stage of letting them think they have won yet, that comes later at the end of the OC, just saying Captain. 

Carry on. 

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aurorafisher64

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Fla4Me
Fla4Me

I wasnt alive for WWII so I dont have the Japanese experience that some do, but I am happy to see them picking up more of the weight of their own defense.  I think we're a little tired of paying for the miltary of the free world.

SwiftrightRight
SwiftrightRight

I love how Japan is standing up to China over the Senkaku Islands. A few months back the entire sinosphere was just assuming that Japan would roll over but they have impressed with there fortitude.

smedleybutlersociety
smedleybutlersociety

@SwiftrightRight It didn't come free. There was a backlash against Japan consumer goods. As a result, Japan has posted one of its biggest monthly trade deficits with China. Japanese exports to China fell 12 per cent in October from a year earlier to Y948bn ($12bn), as shipments of cars and machinery were knocked by the territorial dispute between Asia’s two largest economies. October’s deficit of Y406bn was the widest since records began in 1979.

And it isn't over yet.

Shure
Shure

The name of Senkaku Islands is not existent,its name is Diaoyu Island~Please correct the mistake~~~

epitygxanwn
epitygxanwn

@Shure Nice try, but no. There is no 'mistake' to correct. Besides: the Japanese name is MUCH easier to pronounce, no tones required;)

samziam
samziam

@Shure The former is the Japanese name, the latter Chinese for the disputed islands.  Both are recognized--depending on one's perspective.

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