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May 13, 1988
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense William Howard Taft IV said Japan should significantly boost its military forces to increase its share of the U.S. defense burden in East Asia. "There is no reason, given Japan's strategic requirements and its powerful national economy, for Japan to aim only at meeting its minimum security requirements," Taft told reporters in Tokyo after meeting with Japan's foreign minister, Sosuke Uno, and Defense Agency officials.
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May 13, 1988
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense William Howard Taft IV said Japan should significantly boost its military forces to increase its share of the U.S. defense burden in East Asia. "There is no reason, given Japan's strategic requirements and its powerful national economy, for Japan to aim only at meeting its minimum security requirements," Taft told reporters in Tokyo after meeting with Japan's foreign minister, Sosuke Uno, and Defense Agency officials.
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January 13, 2011 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
China's recent test flight of a stealth fighter illustrated a worrisome "disconnect" between its military and civilian leaders, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Friday. The test of the J-20 fighter occurred Tuesday, while Gates was in Beijing. When he inquired about it at a meeting, Chinese President Hu Jintao seemed unaware it had occurred, Pentagon officials said. It was the latest in a series of incidents, including a 2007 anti-satellite missile test and a 2009 confrontation between Chinese vessels and a U.S. surveillance ship in the South China Sea, in which civilian leaders in Beijing appeared unaware or poorly informed about the activities of the armed forces, Gates said.
NEWS
May 21, 1991
Both the Soviet Union and the United States are reducing their military presence in the Pacific, but the ocean remains home to an awesome armada of some 2,500 combat ships of various types operated by the nations on its rim. Some of the principle naval, air and other military bases that dot the region are identified on these maps. The United States maintains forces in Japan, Korea and the Philippines--three countries with which it has mutual security treaties. The U.S.
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