New blocs emerging: China and Russia vs US and Japan

As America is suiciding itself out of existence, the U.S.-Japanese alliance will not last for long. Even though cooperation is ongoing, Japanese leaders increasingly see America as an unreliable partner, much like the Saudis who already went their own way and kept only essential communication lines open. When America collapses, not if, expect Japan to be reigned into the Chinese umbrella protectorate — a regional Asian bloc. From a logical standpoint, it would be better for Japan to align with a nuclear armed nation of 1.4 billion than go against it.

 

US NATO Commander General Philip Breedlove warned in a testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week that Europe and the United States could come into tense confrontation with Russia as the latter increases its military operations in eastern Ukraine.

The US must boost cooperation with its NATO allies, Breedlove suggested, noting that President Barack Obama has reached consensus with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan that the two countries will strengthen their military ties under the US-Japan Defense Cooperation Guidelines. Continue reading

Russia, China Plan Military Exercises

Russia and China will hold large-scale joint naval exercises next month, according to an April 18 report by Want China Times. The two nations also plan to increase the scale and standard of naval exercises. These are indications of the increasing cooperation between the two countries.

Seventy Chinese Honor Guard officers will participate in the May 9 military exercises known as the Russia Victory Day Red Square Parade. The parade celebrates Germany’s surrender at the end of World War ii. At the parade, Russia will present new T-14 Armata battle platforms—military vehicles designed for modern military obstacles.

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Russia and China vow to enhance military ties

Top Chinese and Russian military officers pledged to further enhance military ties on Wednesday.

Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, told Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, the development of relations between the two countries and the two armed forces have maintained good momentum in recent years.

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Russia and Iran expanding military cooperation and arms trade

In his four-day trip to Tehran, Russian Air Force Chief Gen. Viktor Bondarev and his hosts, Brig. Gen. Hassan Shasafi and other senior Iranian military chiefs, laid the groundwork for a series of agreements to upgrade their military ties to a level unprecedented in their past relations.  debkafile’s military and Iranian sources report that Iran is deliberately accentuating those ties as a message to the Western powers that if they give the Islamic Republic a hard time over its nuclear program, it will go all the way to a full-dress defense pact with Russia. Continue reading

Russia flexes its military muscles in Siberia

Russia has started its biggest military exercises since the Soviet era, involving 160,000 troops and about 5,000 tanks across Siberia and the far eastern region in a massive show of strength.

Dozens of Russia’s Pacific Fleet ships and 130 combat aircraft also took part in the exercise, which continue throughout this week. President Vladimir Putin yesterday watched some of the drills on Sakhalin Island in the Pacific, where thousands of troops were ferried and airlifted from the mainland. Continue reading