Over 85% say Japan at risk of going to war again: triennial survey

The results of a government survey released Saturday showed 85.5 percent of Japanese polled think Japan is at risk of getting involved in another war. That’s up 10.0 points from the 2015 survey and the highest since 2009, when the same set of answers was first posed as part of a survey conducted every three … Continue reading Over 85% say Japan at risk of going to war again: triennial survey

Turkey v NATO: Will Ankara’s Syria incursion destroy ties with partners?

NATO member Turkey appears to be straining the patience of allies with its operation in Syria’s northwest – but just how far can the ties stretch before they snap? Turkey’s “anti-terrorist” operation in the Kurdish area of Afrin, northwest Syria, looks set to expand, with Manbij and Idlib being voiced as the next targets. As … Continue reading Turkey v NATO: Will Ankara’s Syria incursion destroy ties with partners?

Russia faces complex choices on how to play the Kurdish card

By Khalid Ibn Muneer Syria’s unending civil war has witnessed the unfurling of a new chapter with the cross-border bombardment by Turkish artillery on the Kurd-dominated pocket of Afrin. This move from Turkey was followed by relentless bombastic anti-Kurdish sentiments from Turkish political leaders. Turkish media have now gone into a nationalist frenzy, shrouded with … Continue reading Russia faces complex choices on how to play the Kurdish card

‘Cold War Mentality’: US Defense Strategy Includes False Judgments on China

BEIJING (Sputnik) - The new US National Defense Strategy includes a lot of false and absurd judgments related to China, which are the remnants reflecting the Cold War mentality, the Chinese Defense Ministry said in a Saturday statement. "On January 19, the US Department of Defense released the reporton the National Defense Strategy. The plan of the national strategy, … Continue reading ‘Cold War Mentality’: US Defense Strategy Includes False Judgments on China

Japan mulls deploying F-35B fighters on helicopter carrier

First real flattop since WWII would be sea change for Tokyo Japan may soon face the sticky task of defining the difference between a “defensive aircraft carrier” and an “offensive” one. The Asahi Shimbun noted in a year-end analysis that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is mulling a proposal to convert the Izumo, a Maritime Self-Defense … Continue reading Japan mulls deploying F-35B fighters on helicopter carrier