Japan considering joint U.S. air patrols
Moves to respond to assertive China.
Japan considering joint U.S. air patrols in South China Sea – sources
BY NOBUHIRO KUBO, TIM KELLY AND DAVID BRUNNSTROM
(Reuters) – Japan’s military is considering joining the United States in maritime air patrols in the South China Sea in response to China’s increasingly assertive pursuit of territorial claims, a Japanese and a U.S. source familiar with the discussions said.
News of the deliberations came as Japan and the United States unveiled new defence guidelines during a visit to Washington by Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, reflecting his plans for Japan to take on a wider security role beyond the direct defence of its home islands.
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