On May 30 at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Japananese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe said Japan is stepping up the role it plays in regional security and will “support Southeast Asian countries” against a China threat.
According to BBC News, Abe said Japan would play “a more proactive role than it has until now in making peace in Asia and the world something more certain.” He also said his country “will offer its utmost support for the efforts of countries of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) as they work to ensure the security of the seas and the skies.”
In the week leading up to Abe’s comments, Fox News reported the U.S. “deployed two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to a base in northern Japan.”
These drones can carry out long range reconnaissance from altitudes as high as 60,000 feet. From Japan, the drones will be able to “monitor areas on the Asian mainland–including … areas where China and other countries have had confrontations over territory.”
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