South China Sea Showdown: Japan Prepares Actions Against China, US Stockpiles Military Supplies

South China Sea Showdown: Japan Prepares Actions Against China, US Stockpiles Military Supplies
F/A-18s and Su-30s fly above USS Enterprise. Official US Navy Page / Flickr CC BY 2.0

South China Sea has been the primary root of tensions now in the Asia-Pacific. Japan and United States are seeing China as an imminent threat with both countries working on arbitration and intervention in the region. Will these be effective in deterring China from doing anything further?


China and Japan had a long history together and while relations were relatively more peaceful at present than in previous era, that peace is being threatened by the former’s efforts in the South China Sea.

“We have to encourage the U.S. to stay here,” LFP quoted Ryo Sahashi, a professor of international politics at Kanagawa University, in Yokohama, in relation to Japan’s issue with China at the moment.

“They need support and encouragement from the outside. If not, their discussion may go inward.”

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Furthermore, Japan’s ruling party has called out to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration to consider requesting international arbitration in relation to China’s drilling activities in the disputed East China Sea. If this pushes through, Japan will be seeking a similar process as what the Philippines had done over the ongoing dispute.

“If China shrugs off the request, some action must be taken,” Reuters quoted Yoshiaki Harada, head of an LDP panel on resources development in the East China Sea.

“Everyone has agreed that we should not shy away from taking the matter to an international arbitration court and starting preparation for that step should be considered.” Harada added.

The United States is also not backing down on its efforts as it reportedly started planning on stockpiling military supplies along the disputed area. The army is looking into putting military hardware in Vietnam, Cambodia, and other Pacific countries yet unnamed that will allow its forces to deploy more rapidly.

“Throughout the Pacific Rim, these will be humanitarian assistance/disaster relief-type equipment and material, so that when you have typhoons and other types of natural disaster US Army Pacific Command can respond more quickly,” Breaking Defense quoted Army Material Command chief Gen. Dennis Via.

“We are looking, for example, at in Cambodia placing a combat support hospital.”

However, even with such statements, analysts think that placing supplies across the region will send a strong signal on Washington’s interest including its concern over South China Sea.

Also read: WW3 In South China Sea? China Could Obliterate US Presence In Asia-Pacific

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  • jybarz

    Great development towards stomping and squashing China the world’s cockroach.

    China doesn’t bow to words, but it does to actions like a big kick in the a$$!

    Well done, World, don’t let China get away with its GREED, FRAUD AND BULLYING.

    China has a bad habit of having disputes with all its neighbors, not just South china Sea.

    Its 9 dash line is pure BULL.
    It’s not ancient.
    It appeared years after Taiwan foolishly put 11 dash line on its map.
    So, there it is… China’s sovereignty claim as since ancient time is BIG PURE BULL!