Japan Risks Turning into NATO Staging Ground Akin to Ukraine

Japan Risks Turning into NATO Staging Ground Akin to Ukraine

The Japanese government, led by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, has been militarizing the country since October last year in violation of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. Article 9 states that “[Japan aspires] sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation…

US-Japan Joint Operation Plan: Nansei Island Chain “Attack Base” Will Roil China, Russia

US-Japan Joint Operation Plan: Nansei Island Chain “Attack Base” Will Roil China, Russia

A Kyodo News agency report on Friday cited Japanese government sources to the effect that Tokyo and Washington have drawn up a draft joint operation plan that would enable the setup of an attack base along the Nansei island chain in Japan’s southwest in the event of a Taiwan contingency.  According to the report, the…

The US’ Two “New Quads”: Challenges or Opportunities for China?

The US’ Two “New Quads”: Challenges or Opportunities for China?

These intriguing observations suggest that it’s possible for China and the US to economically cooperate through these two “New Quads” due to their overlapping interests in these networks’ flagship transregional connectivity projects, but only if Washington has the political will. The US established two “New Quads” this year that are functionally different from its original…

Moscow Sent a Strong Signal to India by Condemning the Quad as Anti-Russian

Moscow Sent a Strong Signal to India by Condemning the Quad as Anti-Russian

India doesn’t have any anti-Russian intentions and is even remaining loyal to its S-400 air defense deal with Moscow despite Washington’s sanctions threats. Nevertheless, Patrushev considers the bloc that it’s part of to be a regionally destabilizing force whose overall impact negatively affects Russian interests. Russian Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev condemned the Quad as…