Japan, US develop plan for Taiwan emergency – Kyodo

The Japanese and US armed forces have drawn up a draft joint operation plan for a possible emergency in Taiwan, Japanese news agency Kyodo said Thursday, citing unnamed Japanese government sources, amid mounting tensions between the United States. island and China.

China claims democratically ruled Taiwan as its own “sacred” territory, and over the past two years it has stepped up military and diplomatic pressure to assert its claims of sovereignty, fueling anger in Taipei and deep concern in Washington. The government of Taiwan says it wants peace, but will defend itself if necessary.

As part of the plan, the US Marine Corps will set up temporary bases on the Nansei chain of islands stretching from Kyushu, one of Japan’s four main islands, to Taiwan, at the initial stage of an emergency in Taiwan, and will deploy troops, Kyodo said. . The Japanese armed forces will provide logistical support in areas such as ammunition and fuel supply, he said.

Japan, the former colonial ruler of Taiwan, and the United States would likely come to an agreement to begin formulating an official plan at a “2 + 2” meeting of foreign and defense ministers early in the year. next year, the news agency said. Japanese Defense Ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.

In October, the Japanese government signaled a more assertive stance on China’s aggressive stance towards autonomous Taiwan, suggesting it would consider options and prepare for “various scenarios” while reaffirming close ties with the United States. Earlier this month, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan and the United States could not stand idly by if China attacked Taiwan.

U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, have long said that given the tens of thousands of troops the United States has in Japan and its proximity to Taiwan, Japan is likely to play an important role in urgently in Taiwan. A Pentagon spokesperson said that, as US President Joe Biden and his Japanese counterpart said in a joint statement in March, the two countries share a commitment to peace and stability across the Strait. from Taiwan.

“We are committed to improving the resilience and interoperability between US and Japanese forces and to deepening operational cooperation in peacetime and in various regional contingencies,” the Pentagon added. Japan is home to major US military bases, notably on the southern island of Okinawa, a short flight from Taiwan, which would be crucial for any US support during a Chinese attack.

China views democratic Taiwan as a fickle province, waiting for the day when the island can be brought under its control – peacefully or militarily – without the right to state-to-state relations. The United States, like most countries in the world, recognizes China rather than Taiwan, in accordance with Beijing’s “one China” policy. But Washington is the island’s biggest arms supplier and ally, and is obligated by law to help it defend itself.

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