Japan’s F-35 fleet will be the largest of any US ally. Photo: AFP

Japan’s deal to buy F-35 Lightning jets from US ‘may fuel arms race with China in region’

  • Donald Trump has welcomed Tokyo’s order for the stealth fighter, but it is likely to trigger a response from Beijing
  • Deal to buy 105 of the advanced fighters will greatly expand Japan’s capabilities in the South China Sea
Topic |   China-Japan relations

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Japan’s F-35 fleet will be the largest of any US ally. Photo: AFP
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US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: Xinhua

As Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe celebrate ties and sidestep trade dispute, Beijing will be watching closely

  • Washington and Tokyo are not expected to issue a joint statement after the meeting, to avoid exposing differences in trade and Korean peninsula security issues
  • Amid thawing ties between Japan and China, Beijing will be watching Tokyo’s overtures to its traditional ally Washington
Topic |   Japan

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US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: Xinhua
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