New Japanese Defense White Paper names China and Russia as major threats

“If it goes without saying, it will go even better by saying it“. This famous sentence of Talleyrand pronounced by the French diplomat at the Vienna summit in 1814, could be the punchline of the new White Paper on Defense published in the land of the rising sun. Indeed, Japan, although traditionally discreet and circumspect on the international scene, is particularly directive and clear in this document which will frame the Japanese defense effort for the decade to come, by clearly designating Russia as an "aggressive nation". on the one hand, and China and its ambitions on Taiwan as a major threat to peace…

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Taiwan: When and how will China go on the offensive?

For several years, the tensions between Washington and Beijing around the Taiwanese question have continued to grow, to now become a subject constantly flirting with the casus belli, between the incursions of the navy and the American and allied air forces at sea. of South China and in the Taiwan Strait, the interceptions and the naval and air incursions of the People's Liberation Army around the island, and the successive and reciprocal responses as soon as Washington sends a new load of armaments, parliamentarians or members of the government in Taipei. The belligerent dynamic is such that from now on, the armed forces…

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SCAF or not, the Super-Rafale Neuron couple proposed by Dassault should be developed

As is customary at the start of summer, arms fairs have multiplied in recent weeks, with Eurosatory in France dedicated to land arms in mid-June, the ILA aeronautical fair in Berlin a week later, and this week, the British Farnborough Airshow. What is less so is the extraordinary discretion of France, its authorities and its aeronautical industry during these shows, in particular regarding a program that is nevertheless major and sizeable, the Air Combat System of the Future, or SCAF. The fact is, since the beginning of the year, the program bringing together Germany, France and Spain is…

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Japan set to scrap defense spending cap

At the end of the Second World War, Japan occupied by American forces was endowed with a constitution hastily drafted by the plenipotentiary services of Washington under the strict control of General MacArthur. What followed was a very restrictive constitution regarding the country's defense capabilities. Unlike Federal Germany, which in the mid-50s obtained the green light from Washington, London and Paris to increase its defense effort within the framework of NATO, to become in a few years the largest conventional armed force of the old continent, the Japanese self-defense forces remained contained in a strictly investment effort…

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Can France lease nuclear attack submarines from Australia?

The announcement of the Australian decision to unilaterally cancel the contract for the local construction of 12 conventionally powered Attak-class submarines by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in September 2021 was, in substance as well as in form , perceived by France as a deep humiliation, provoking one of the most serious diplomatic crises in recent decades between France and the triptych gathered around the new AUKUS alliance, Australia, the United States and Great Britain. For Canberra, it was a question of turning to nuclear-powered submarines, considered more capable of meeting the future needs of…

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At Shangri-La meetings, Chinese war rhetoric goes up a notch against the West

Speaking at the Shangri-La meetings, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said that the reunification between the People's Republic of China and Taiwan would unquestionably take place, and that China would fight "to the end" against anyone who tries to oppose it. Begun in 2002, the Shangri-La Dialogue, organized each year in Singapore by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, brings together some fifty countries from the Pacific theater for political and security discussions. In recent years, however, these meetings have become the site of verbal sparring and growing invective between China and the Western camps, particularly about Taiwan autonomy. This…

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To meet the Chinese challenge, the US Air Force wants to bet massively on combat drones

During the Cold War, the armies of NATO, in particular the American armies, undertook to contain the land numerical superiority of the Soviet forces and the Warsaw Pact, by equipping themselves with unparalleled air power, capable of seizing air superiority over the battlefield, and to compensate for the deficiencies of Western land forces. This is how the F-4 Phantom II, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon and other A-10 Warthog evolved alongside the European Tornado, Jaguar, Harrier and Mirage to gain the upper hand over the Mig-21 , Mig-23, Mig-25 and the Soviet Su-22, thanks to their technology but also to their number,…

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Webinar: Denial of Access in the Indo-Pacific – Thursday, June 23, 2022

From its "Pearl Necklace" strategy to the establishment of the various dimensions of its "New Silk Roads", China has advanced its pawns quickly and effectively over the past two decades and the concrete achievements of these strategies are now visible throughout the Indo-Pacific arc. These include the construction of new ports, infrastructure and industrial parks, the acquisition of rights to existing ports, the opening of Burmese and Pakistani corridors, the creation of a permanent base in Djibouti, to the polderization and then the militarization of reefs in the China Sea…

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New Chinese show of force around Taiwan following the visit of a US senator

While media attention is focused on the war in Ukraine, tensions between Beijing and Washington over the island of Taiwan continue to grow, with strong demonstrations of force by the Chinese and American armies near the independent island. Thus, this weekend, the naval groups of the aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan and USS Abraham Lincoln participated in an important joint exercise between the Japanese island of Okinawa and Taiwan, after the Chinese naval group of the aircraft carrier Liaoning returned from an exercise in the Western Pacific passing through the Miyako Strait a few days earlier. Today, it was 30 planes of…

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Simulations show that drone swarms would be a solution to defend Taiwan

If support for Ukraine is at the heart of the strategic concerns of the American executive, it is the defense of Taiwan which, for several years, has given nightmares to the strategists and planners of the American armed forces. Indeed, most of the simulations and wargames carried out in recent years show that protecting the independent island since 1949 from a massive assault launched by the People's Liberation Army in a few years' time will be a task that is both one of the most difficult and most perilous for US forces. Between the hypotheses of massive preventive strikes against the island and against the American military bases present in this theater (Japan, Guam, etc.), the capacities…

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