Two destroyers from Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force participate in a drill off the coast of Brunei in June 2019. Photo: AP

Japan’s warships in the Middle East cast spotlight on Abe’s military ambitions

  • The deployment has raised fresh speculation over the prime minister’s aim of revising Japan’s war-renouncing constitution
  • Under Abe, Japan has bulked up its defence spending in response to China’s growing military clout and nuclear-armed North Korea
Topic |   Japan

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Two destroyers from Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force participate in a drill off the coast of Brunei in June 2019. Photo: AP
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The guided-missile destroyer Taiyuan of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Photo: AP

Japan and China hold first joint maritime drills in eight years in sign of warming ties

  • Relations between the nations have been frosty since a September 2010 dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands
  • But it is in the interest of Beijing and Tokyo to move away from confrontation and foster better trade ties, an expert says
Topic |   China-Japan relations

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The guided-missile destroyer Taiyuan of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Photo: AP
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