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  • The US and Japan are teaming up

  • For a massive naval drill

  • And China is the reason

  • Welcome to China Uncensored, I'm Chris Chappell.

  • Japan and the United States are  doing joint military drills!

  • You know, there's been a lot of news  about military operations lately.  

  • I wonder if that says anything about  where global China relations are headed?

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  • So these drills are obviously  all about China. Carl Schuster,  

  • a former director of operations at the US  Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center,  

  • saidThe large-scale exercises have  strong 'deterrent value' toward China.”

  • The drill is known as Keen Sword 21.

  • Uhh, that's the official namebut not the official branding.

  • These drills between the US and Japan have  happened every 2 years for the past 30 years

  • They involve dozens of warshipshundreds of aircraft and 46,000  

  • soldiers, sailors and marines  from Japan and the United States.

  • And in 2020, for the first time, it will  include cyber and electronic warfare training.

  • Japan's biggest warship, the Kaga, was joined by  the US aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan.

  • The Kaga will be refitted  to be able to carry the F-35  

  • stealth fighter jet within the next two years

  • That follows a 23 billion-dollar sale  back in July for 147 F-35s to Japan.

  • The fighter jets supplement Japan's  homemade fighting force, obviously.

  • Now there are a couple key things to keep  in mind about these joint naval drills

  • Number 1—this is the first big US Japan military  drill since Japan got its new prime minister,  

  • Yoshihide Suga. And there were concerns  that maybe he wouldn't carry through on  

  • the tough-on-China policies that his  predecessor, Shinzo Abe believed in.

  • That's looking like it won't be  an issue. According to Reuters,  

  • Suga has vowedto continue [Japan's]  military build-up aimed at countering China.”

  • Earlier last month, Suga sent three vessels to  

  • the South China Sea in an anti-submarine  exercisealso aimed at countering China.

  • Plus, Suga has been meeting with  countries in Southeast Asia,  

  • like Vietnam and Indonesiaalso to counter China.

  • You see, Japan and all these countries surrounding  the South China Sea have something in common.  

  • Territorial disputes with China.

  • Which brings me to my 2nd big point. China  claims pretty much the entire South China Sea.  

  • China also claims islands in the East  China Sea that Japan says belongs to  

  • Japan. These are the Senkaku Islands, or  Diaoyu Islands as they're known in China.

  • This month, China sent two Coast Guard  ships into these disputed waters.

  • It marked the 21st time this year that  Chinese boats have entered Japanese waters.”

  • So China has become more and more aggressive. That  seems to be the theme of the year, doesn't it?

  • Japan has a mutual defense  treaty with the United States. So  

  • in the event of a Chinese attackthe US is obligated to respond. Hence  

  • military drills, where the two  militaries practice working together.

  • Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneidercommander of US Forces Japan,  

  • said the exercises would demonstrate the ability  of the US-Japan alliance 'to deliver combat troops  

  • to defend the Senkakus or respond  to other crises or contingencies.'"

  • So yeah, these drills are specifically  related to the disputed islands.

  • Back in July, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo  

  • included the Senkakus dispute as one of the  areas in the Indo-Pacific where he said China  

  • was 'instigating territorial disputes' as part  of a pattern ofbullyingits Asian neighbors.

  • Which in a way, is kind of ironicThe Chinese Communist Party is using  

  • these strongman tactics against all its  neighbors to seem tough. But the result is  

  • all China's neighbors are now getting  into alliances aimed at countering  

  • China. So it actually puts China in a weaker  position than if they just hadn't done anything.

  • Speaking of which:  

  • This month, the US and Japan will be joining India  and Australia for even more joint military drills.  

  • Those are called the Malabar drilling ls. And  these four countries have an alliance known as  

  • the Quad—a regional alliance geared toward  countering the Chinese Communist Party

  • Now maybe all these joint military  drills are leaving you feeling a bit  

  • anxious. Like something bad's going to happenWell don't worry. “In coordination with public  

  • health and military medical personnel, every  aspect of Keen Sword is continually being assessed  

  • to ensure appropriate Covid-19  mitigation measures are taken.”

  • That's what you were worried about, right?

  • Of course China doesn't want to feel left out  while everybody is doing joint military drills.  

  • So China is doing their own joint  military drills. With themselves.

  • China's People's Liberation Army is in the  midst of two sets of military exercises in the  

  • Bohai Sea and Yellow Sea, according to a posting  on the PLA's official English language website.  

  • The nature of the exercises was not disclosed.”

  • And China would just like to remind you,  “its intentions in the region are peaceful.”

  • Great! Nothing to worry about then

  • And now, it's time for me to answer  another question from one of you,  

  • a fan who supports China Uncensored  on the crowd funding website Patreon.

  • Tim Ellington asksSince Covid began I've  been waiting for the national media to go  

  • back to paying attention to the Hong Kong protests  but they seem distracted. What a lucky accident  

  • for the CCP! Wait - was it an accident? Am  I turning into a conspiracy theorist now?

  • Well Tim, I can tell you the  Chinese Communist Party has  

  • definitely used the coronavirus  to its advantage in Hong Kong

  • Obviously while the coronavirus  lockdown was in effect,  

  • mass protests like this two million person  march we went to last year became impossible.

  • And while things were in lockdown,  a wave of arrests happened.

  • These includedprominent pro-democracy figures  in politics, civil society and the media”.

  • The CCP also never really  liked that Hong Kong holds an  

  • annual memorial for the Tiananmen Square Massacre.  

  • Well this year, because of the coronavirus, you  know, Hong Kong officials banned the gathering.

  • But that only fueled more resentment  towards the Chinese Communist Party.  

  • Which I'm sure will have a big impact on  Hong Kong legislative council elections.  

  • Except...those were also postponed  for a year over virus concerns.

  • Does that mean it's a conspiracy? Well,  I prefer to think the Chinese Communist  

  • Party is just filled with optimists! When  life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When  

  • life gives you a deadly global pandemic that  you caused, take away Hong Kong's freedoms.

  • Thanks for your question, TimIf that is your real name.

  • And thank you for watching. Remember, it's  hard for us to keep this show running.  

  • There's not a lot of money in criticizing China.  

  • Which is why we rely on your support on the  crowd funding website Patreon. For as little as  

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  • Once again I'm Chris Chappell. See you next time

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