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Japan Announces defense policy to counter China

from The New York Times

Japan announced a new defense policy recently that will respond to China's rising military might by building more submarines and other mobile forces capable of defending Japan's southernmost islands. The new National Defense Program Guidelines are the biggest step yet in a decade long shift away from cold war-era deployments of heavy tank and artillery units on the northern island of Hokkaido — to counter a now-vanished Soviet threat — and toward bolstering Japanese forces in the southern islands around Okinawa, where China's navy has become a growing presence. more

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