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Japan is helping Vietnam build a defense against the larger, more militarily powerful China as Vietnam says Beijing’s forces are occupying more than their legal share of the South China Sea.

Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya and his Vietnamese counterpart, Ngo Xuan Lich, met May 3 to “advance cooperation” on maritime security, Tokyo-based NHK television online said. 

In October, the ministers met in Tokyo to discuss issues surrounding the South China Sea. They signed a “defense cooperation and exchange” memorandum that prescribed regular vice ministerial-level talks, the Japanese defense ministry website says.

Japan has been jousting with China over sovereignty in parts of the East China Sea, including a chain of uninhabited islets coveted by fishing fleets. 

“Essentially there is an arc of anxiety stretching from New Delhi to Canberra and Jakarta and Hanoi and Tokyo,” said Jeffrey Kingston, history instructor at Temple University, Japan Campus. “So, I think that perhaps the rhetoric is aimed at signaling that there are collective, shared concerns that are leading towards a collective response.”

​Japan-Vietnam exchanges

An agreement between the two countries opened the way for more Japanese ports of call in Vietnam, as well as technical cooperation on defense equipment for Vietnamese maritime surveillance, NHK reported.

It’s unclear how much Japan will donate to Vietnam directly, Kingston said. Japan’s public generally doesn’t support a more “assertive strategic” role for their government, he added, though a lot of people feel a “good vibe” toward Vietnam compared to China. Japanese laws also limit arms sales to other countries.

Japan could set up military exchanges, hold strategic dialogue and offer “naval defense equipment,” said Murray Hiebert, deputy director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

“Vietnam is looking to Japan as a hedge as China militarizes the South China Sea, puts more pressure on Vietnam in their areas of dispute and presses Hanoi to abandon oil exploration activities, including on Vietnam’s continental shelf,” Hiebert said.

​Sino-Vietnamese spats

Beijing claims about 90% of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer South China Sea, stretching from the island of Borneo north to Hong Kong.

China and Vietnam clashed there in 1974 and in 1988. Five years ago, the two sides rammed each other’s boats over the positioning of a Chinese oil rig in waters that Vietnam claims. The incident touched off deadly anti-China rioting in Vietnam. The two countries dispute undersea gas-exploration tracts as well as the Paracel Islands, which China now controls.

Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan also claim sea tracts that China calls its own. Those governments value the waterway for its fisheries and undersea fuel reserves.

China raised alarms around Southeast Asia after 2010 by building up tiny islets for defense installations. 

Japan began to step up support of its own interests around Asia. In 2017, an alliance including Japan, the United States, India and Australia began calling for China to leave the sea open for international use and increasing relations in Southeast Asia.

“The Japanese want to support the Vietnamese claims, but they don’t want to do it militarily,” said Stephen Nagy, senior associate politics and international studies professor at International Christian University in Tokyo. “What they’d rather do is build capacity, build interoperability and build a coalition of states that will stand by and try to enforce maritime law in the South China Sea.”

Evolving friendship

Japanese ties with Vietnam started more than two decades ago when investors took advantage of the country’s low wages. Japanese automakers and other investors launched 3,320 projects in Vietnam worth a combined registered capital of $42.5 billion as of 2016.

Partly to support its industry and partly to offset Chinese economic influence in Southeast Asia, Japan now funds infrastructure projects in Vietnam. 

A Japanese loan built the airport terminal in Hanoi, and Japanese aid funded the subway system being constructed in Ho Chi Minh City. Japanese official development aid to Vietnam had totaled 2.8 trillion yen ($25.5 billion) by 2016.

“I think these (military) actions expand the original economic field into the political field,” said Tai Wan-ping, Southeast Asia-specialized international business professor at Cheng Shiu University in Taiwan. “Japan’s military performance in Southeast Asia wasn’t proactive in the past.”

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The Global Security News: Trump Investigations from Michael_Novakhov (85 sites): 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “Rudy Giuliani” – Google News: Giuliani traveling to Ukraine seeking to damage Biden, bolster Trump – Washington Examiner

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The Global Security News: Trump Investigations from Michael_Novakhov (85 sites): 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Mitch McConnell knew

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Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor and emphatically declared that the investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal is now finished, Donald Trump and everyone have been completely exonerated, and the whole thing is “case closed.” Then just one day later, it was revealed that a key Senate leader in McConnell’s own party has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr to testify about the Trump-Russia scandal.



The whole thing looked bad for Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell as it was. Based on initial appearances, it looked like McConnell didn’t know what was going on under his own roof, couldn’t control his own people, and thus couldn’t sell his phony narrative. But today NBC News reported that Donald Trump Jr was actually served the subpoena a few weeks ago, which means that McConnell knew about it before he gave his “case closed” speech.



In other words, McConnell was giving this speech with the full knowledge that not only did House Democrats consider the Trump-Russia investigation to be ongoing, at least one influential Senate Republican felt the same. McConnell wasn’t merely trying to convince Americans to move on from the scandal; he was trying to push back against the actions of one of his own people.


Fascinatingly, someone leaked the news about the Donald Trump Jr subpoena right after Mitch McConnell’s speech, apparently in order to take McConnell’s legs out. We don’t know who leaked this story; it could have come from one of the Democrats on the Senate Intel Committee, as opposed to being leaked by Richard Burr. Either way, the Republican Senate is in danger of tearing itself apart – and thus neutering itself – even as the House Democrats move forward in dismantling Donald Trump.



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The Global Security News: 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Washington Free Beacon: Continetti: Biden’s Gaffes Could ‘Cause Him Real Trouble’ in General Election

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Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Matthew Continetti said former Vice President Joe Biden’s gaffes could “cause him real trouble” in a general election against President Donald Trump during an appearance on Fox News’s Special Report on Thursday.

Anchor Bret Baier played a clip of Biden saying the United States should provide healthcare for illegal immigrants.

“I think that anyone who is in a situation where they are in need of healthcare, regardless whether there they are documented or undocumented, we have an obligation to see that they are cared for,” Biden said.

“Here’s the question. Matthew, was he saying emergency rooms for illegal immigrants?” Baier asked. “It was unclear, but then he started talking about clinics. So if he is talking about coverage, actual coverage for illegal immigrants, that’s in a different place.”

“If it’s coverage he’s talking about, then we are in Bernie land. And this is the problem with Joe Biden: You don’t actually know what he’s going to say at any given time or what trouble he’s going to cause by his words,” Continetti said. “He’s doing very well now in the Democratic primary. The problem is, in the past two weeks, he’s delivered two statements that are going to cause him real trouble in a general election.”

“The first one was when he said that the people who’ve imprisoned a million Uighurs and who are waging economic and political warfare against this country, the government of China, are good people. And the second gaffe came today, when he left it open that he’s for possible health insurance for illegal immigrants which I’m sure would be unpopular in a general election,” Continetti continued.

Biden’s comments came during a campaign stop in Los Angeles. After saying “we have an obligation to see that [illegal immigrants] are cared for,” he added. “That’s why I think we need more clinics around the country.”

Earlier this month, Biden dismissed China’s threat to the United States, saying “they’re not competition for us.”

“China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man,” Biden said. “They’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what? They’re not competition for us.”

A recent report found China has detained up to more than two million Uighurs and other Muslims in “internment camps,” in which, according to former prisoners, they are forced to renounce their faith and swear loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party.

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Former U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Thursday China’s treatment of two detained Canadians is a telling example of how China is a threat to the liberal international order.

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