United States plans to deploy F-35s to Asia-Pacific Region

The United States plans to deploy F-35 stealth fighter jets in the Asia-Pacific region, in an apparent move to check China’s growing military presence in the region.

US Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told a forum in Washington on Wednesday that the Pentagon intends send its most advanced fighter to the region.

Carter said the US has already deployed F-22s to the US Kadena air base in Okinawa.

He said that some US naval vessels including an aircraft carrier will move from the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific region after military operations in Afghanistan end.

Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force will adopt F-35s as its next mainstay fighter jet.



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The tentative trade agreement was a topic over the weekend in Honolulu, where Mr. Obama hosted the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, and it will be discussed again later this week when he becomes the first American president to participate in the East Asia Summit, on the Indonesian island of Bali.

For China, the week’s developments could suggest both an economic and a military encirclement. Top leaders did not immediately comment on Mr. Obama’s speech, but Mr. Liu, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, emphasized that it was the United States, not China, seeking to use military power to influence events in Asia.

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Japan, U.S. must manage China’s boldness

China’s increasingly assertive diplomatic and security postures present a much tougher challenge than its economic rise, requiring closer cooperation between the United States and its allies such as Japan to manage the situation, scholars from American think tanks said at a recent symposium in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, recent upheavals that have swept countries in the Middle East and North Africa make it more difficult for the U.S. to seek political stability in the region to protect its key interests there, including energy security that is also vital to Japan, they said.

The experts from U.S. think tanks were speaking at the Jan. 28 symposium organized by the Keizai Koho Center under the theme "Japan’s security, economic situation and foreign affairs." Tsuneo Watanabe, director and senior fellow of the Tokyo Foundation, served as moderator of discussions.

Drew Thompson, senior fellow and director of China studies at the Nixon Center in Washington, said that despite the ups-and-downs, including recent tensions over the relocation of the U.S. Marines’ Futenma air base in Okinawa, bilateral relations between Japan and the United States remain "fundamentally sound."

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Japan then, China now

IN the 1980s, the United States faced an unnerving challenge from a rising economic powerhouse and export dynamo. It was an impressive challenger, to be sure, but one that often bent rules of global competition unfairly to its advantage by handing out financial subsidies to domestic companies, discriminating against foreign suppliers in government contracts, pilfering Western technology and keeping its currency cheap.

President Obama and President Hu Jintao, in background, met with executives last week. China has done more than Japan to invite investment.

Three decades later, Americans are hearing an echo of the past. Yet this time, the object of admiration and angst is not Japan Inc., but China Inc.

“We’ve seen this movie before,” says Clyde V. Prestowitz Jr., president of the Economic Strategy Institute and a former United States trade negotiator with Japan in the 1980s. “Like Japan, China is climbing up the ladder of economic and technological development, and using every means at its disposal to do so.”

China, of course, is different from Japan in the 1980s in many ways — larger, less affluent, ruled by a Communist government and yet in some respects culturally more entrepreneurial. Silicon Valley venture capitalists, for example, have begun setting up offices in China to forge links with entrepreneurs there, as they never really did in Japan.

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