The United States and Japan have unveiled new rules for defence cooperation that will give Japanese armed forces a more ambitious global role amid concerns over China’s rising sway.
- Under the revised guidelines, Japan could come to the aid of U.S forces.
- This agreement would expand the reach of Japan’s military — now limited to its own defense — allowing it to act when the United States or countries American forces are defending are threatened.
- Under the previous rules, Japanese forces could assist American troops only if they were operating in the direct defence of Japan.
- This agreement replaces guidelines geared exclusively toward the defense of Japan with new rules that eliminate any geographic restriction.
- The agreement also reflects worries about North Korea and, especially, China, whose territorial claims in the South China Sea and growing military spending have upset its neighbors.
Sources: The Hindu.