|Vietnam 'Emerging Ally' for Japan|
|by Tom McGregor||Tue, May 27, 2014, 10:07 PM|
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan has announced a new "emerging ally" alliance with the Communist-controlled government of Vietnam.
The Voice of Russia reports that, "Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a new foreign policy agenda, focused on accelerating maritime aid to Vietnam amid its growing confrontation with China and a forthcoming visit by Russian President, Vladimir Putin to Tokyo. Mr. Abe's broader strategy aims to rearrange the region's power balance and reinforce Japan's status quo."
The USA intends to utilize Japan and Vietnam as a tool to downsize China's diplomatic and military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
According to the Voice of Russia, "We will never tolerate a change to the status quo by force or coercion," said Shinzo Abe, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, in regard to Beijing's "unilateral drilling activities" for oil in waters claimed also by Hanoi. It should be noted that, during the past year, Japan has willingly been offering to help Southeast Asian leaders involved in territorial standoffs with China. For example, in December 2013 Japan provided 10 patrol vessels to the Philippine Coast Guard, and announced that it would provide Vietnam with similar aid. These moves, by the Japanese leaders, are politically motivated. Japan is itself drawn into a longstanding dispute over Senkaku (Diaoyutai), a small group of islands in the East China Sea as well as the surrounding airspace. The US supports Japan's territorial ambitions: in April 2014, Barack Obama proclaimed these islands a "sovereign territory" of Japan and promised to protect them from "China's occupation".
Vietnam has accepted military and diplomatic support from Japan and the U.S.
To read the entire article from the Voice of Russia, link here:
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