Far East Arms race kicking off?

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  1. Maybe we could sell them all the spare kit we'll have after the defence review.
     
  2. Yay next they will need to expand and secure thier resources in the pacific! But they will need to do it with out the USA interfearing. If only they could somehow put the US Pacific Fleet out of action...
     
  3. Mr_Fingerz

    Mr_Fingerz LE Book Reviewer

    Japan should remember what happend the last time that they pissed off a nation that owned nukes.
     
  4. Japan keep somewhere in excess of 45 tons of plutonium hanging around. Smart money is they could go nuclear within weeks if they went all banzai.


    "We have plenty of plutonium in our nuclear power plants, so it's possible for us to produce 3,000 to 4,000 nuclear warheads."
    Ichiro Ozawa - 2002
     
  5. Mr_Fingerz

    Mr_Fingerz LE Book Reviewer

    Oh good oh. Buckets of instant sunshine all round.

    Which side will get their retaliation in early?
     
  6. The Chinese kicked off cos a Chinese Fishing boat was caught fishing illegally in waters disputed by China around the Diaoyu chain of islands. The Boat captain rammed a Japanese patrol boat whilst attempting to escape. The Chinese seem to think it's perfectly fine and the Japanese should just release him. The Japanese seem to think it's very naughtly and may charge said Captain and have currently followed their laws to the letter and are getting a little miffed that the Chinese are getting a tit on cos the Japanese will not release a crim.
     
  7. Rayc

    Rayc RIP

    China 'moves drilling equipment' into disputed waters




    Japan says China has shipped drilling equipment to a disputed gas field in the East China Sea, fuelling diplomatic tensions between the Asian giants.

    China has previously refrained from unilateral drilling at Japan's request.

    Both Beijing and Tokyo claim exploration rights over the area.

    China scrapped scheduled talks with Japan over joint exploration of the field last week after Japan arrested the captain of a Chinese trawler near disputed islands in the East China Sea.

    May see:

    BBC
     
  8. My money's on the JSDF if thinks kicked off. Methinks the PLAN would have a short but rather exciting war.

     
  9. There was talk of the Japanese being interested in the Eurofighter if they can't buy the F-22 (Which they can't as its not up for export)




    As for a Far Eastern arms race, its a scary thought. India and China have been rapidly expanding and modernising their armed forces over the last decade or so. South Korea also has a pretty capable military and Japan has a lot of potential. Add to all that the multi-billion $ arms deals between the US and Taiwan.
     
  10. Still, isn't it nice that state-on-state industrial warfare is a thing of the past, and the future will only hold COIN-style ops in sandy places with no maritime component.

    <Dons anti-flash>
     
  11. Who cares?
    Britain long since gave up any serious interests in the far east so it is of little consequence to us if they decide to take a pop at each other.
    It might be in our economic interests, we could supply arms to both sides....
     
  12. Ssshhhh.
    We'll have to start a whole new SDSR thread if the global threat changes......
     
  13. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    Are we not still signatories to an agreement in SE Asia regarding the defence of Malaysia and Singapore?