Global Military Alliance: Encircling Russia and China


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Global Military Alliance: Encircling Russia and China
US sponsored military partnership in the Far East and the Pacific Rim

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

Global Research, May 10, 2007

Although Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Japan are not 
formally members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), they are 
linked through military partnerships, affiliated government agreements, a 
network of partnerships, and bilateral military agreements with the United 
States and Britain.

The creation of a parallel NATO-like organization in the Far East and the 
Pacific Rim is part of the international brinkmanship of creating a unified 
global military alliance.  Ellen Bork, deputy executive director of the Project 
for the New American Century (PNAC) and Gary Schmitt, a resident scholar at the 
American Enterprise Institute, have advocated the creation of a military network
in Asia similar to NATO in a paper on South Korea written in December of 2006. 
[1]  The PNAC is a US think-tank whose members include Dick Cheney, George W. 
Bush Jr., Richard Perle, Lewis Libby, Karl Rove, Zalmay Khalilzhad, Richard 
Armitage, and Paul Wolfowitz.

The Militarization of Japan

³Japan and the NATO allies are facing the same threats.²  (Jaap de Hoop 
Scheffer, NATO Secretary-General)

Japan has gradually been amalgamating and harmonizing its military policies with
those of the U.S. and NATO. Japan is deeply linked bilaterally and 
multilaterally to the U.S. military. Japan was controlled by the U.S. military 
for several years after the Second World War. In 1951 the Japanese government 
signed the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty. This arrangement was expanded on January 
19, 1960 with another bilateral treaty between Japan and the U.S. government.

Japan and South Korea are also both part of a grand U.S. military project 
involving the global stationing of missile systems and rapid military forces, as
envisioned during the Reagan Administration. The global military project has 
been endorsed in Asia as a means to counter the alleged threat of a North Korean
missile attack. China has also been identified as a justification for the 
development of a broad military alliance, involving an integrated military 
network in the Far East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim.

The Japanese government has also signed its second ever bilateral security 
treaty with Australia to deepen security and military links. [2] Australia, 
under the Howard Government, is also heavily involved in military projects in 
the Asia-Pacific region and more specifically, in the context of a policy of 
encirclement, in the militarization of China¹s eastern borders.

In January 2007, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a visit to NATO 
Headquarters in Brussels, and made subsequent visits, meeting with the leaders 
of Germany and Britain. In essence, this was a visit to NATO as a whole and to 
the two separate and defining core branches of NATO, the Franco-German entente 
largely represented by Germany and the Anglo-American alliance, represented by 
Britain and the US.  During the first trip by a Japanese leader to NATO 
Headquarters, the Japanese Prime Minister also pledged that Japan would work 
closely with NATO in Afghanistan. The continuation of an E.U. weapons embargo 
against China was also discussed. [3] Additionally, Japan already has military 
cooperation agreements with NATO.

In 1999, at a time of NATO enlargement and at the onslaught of NATO¹s war 
against Yugoslavia, Japan and the U.S. launched the joint missile defense 
research program. [4] The Japanese government has also upgraded its Defence 
Agency into a full-fledged ministry constituting another breach of the Japanese 
Constitution. The Japanese government is also funding the deployment of the 
Patriot PAC-3 and the Aegis Standard Missile-3 (SM-3). Japan also allowed its 
territory to host U.S. military radar facilities linked to the global missile 
shield project. [5]

Japanese officials also want to revise the Japanese Constitution to allow Japan 
to formally join military alliances, such as NATO. The U.S., Australia, and NATO
have been widely supportive of the Tokyo government¹s resolve to militarize 

The Japanese government is candidly in violation of Article 9 of the country's 
Constitution, which stipulates that Japan cannot have a military force. In this 
regard, the Japanese government has initiated a process to amend the Japanese 
Constitution, which would pave the way for the formal formation of a military 
force in Japan. Japan has already started developing its military capabilities 
and armed forces. These legislative moves are designed merely as a step to 
legalize the underlying initiative.

The Japanese government has pushed forward its militarization agenda despite the
fact that the majority of Japanese citizens are opposed to the militarization of
their country. Legislation is now being passed through the Japanese Parliament 
that will allow the Japanese government to rewrite the Japanese Constitution. 
According to the Japanese Prime Minister this will allow Japan to ³remove its 
limits on collective self-defence and on helping allies under attack.² [6]

Australia and the tightening of the Military Alliance in the Asia-Pacific 

Australia and Japan have established close military cooperation ties since the 
Cold War. Australian troops have integrated military operations and missions in 
Anglo-American occupied Iraq, together with Japanese troops, categorized as 
³non-combatant personnel.²

Australia and its government, led by Prime Minister John Howard, are members of 
the Anglo-American alliance and full party to their global military project. 
From the beginning, the Australian government has been in step with the 
Anglo-American alliance in the military roadmap unfolding under the banner of 
the ³Global War on Terror.² Australian troops are deployed in the Balkans, 
Anglo-American occupied Iraq, and NATO-garrisoned Afghanistan.

The military forces of Singapore train in Australia. Australian special forces 
also actively operate in Southeast Asia and the Australian Navy has ships 
positioned from the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea and Pacific Ocean. Since 
December 2003, Australia has been a participant in the occupation of Iraq, is a 
partner in the international U.S. missile shield project, and has been a 
military research partner of the United States. [7]

Australia also has a role to play in crafting a military challenge to China. 
Australia has finalized a pact with Japan that is stronger than any of Japan¹s 
defence ties with any country, aside from the United States. At the same time, 
Australia has entrenched itself further into the Anglo-American camp with the 
building of a new U.S. military base in Geraldton. Geraldton is in Western 
Australia, located underneath Indonesia and Malaysia, and faces East Africa and 
the Middle East from a distance. The new facility in Geraldton is on the 
Australian shores of the Indian Ocean. This military base follows three years of
secret negotiations between the U.S. government and the Australian government. 
The military base is reported to provide an important link for a new network of 
international military satellites that will be used by the United States and its
allies to fight wars in the Middle East and Asia. [8]

³I think the agreement is really looking at a realignment of security in East 
Asia, particularly with the ever-present rise of China,² said the head of the 
Asia security programme at the Royal United Services Institute in London. [9] 
The Indian Ocean is going to become militarized because of Chinese attempts to 
ensure the continuous flow and security of African and Middle Eastern energy 
supplies to China.

North Korea, China, and Russia are being demonized to justify the deepening 
military integration of Australia, Japan and several other Asia-Pacific nations 
with the United States and NATO. Isabel Reynolds an international correspondent 
in Japan reveals in an article for Reuters that the tightening security and 
military atmosphere in Japan and Australia is aimed at China and Russia;


³Whether or not there is an overt threat, Japan and the so-called Œlittoral 
allies¹ [meaning countries such as the Philippines, Taiwan, and Singapore] in 
the region have got to address that,² he [military analyst Alex Neil] added.

North Korea¹s nuclear and missile tests last year are a source of worry, and 
China¹s shooting down of one of its own satellites with a ballistic missile in 
January [2007] aroused concern in many capitals.

³We are no longer in an age when either Japan or Australia can rely solely on 
the United States as an ally,² said military analyst Tetsuya Ozeki, who says 
both China and Russia are set to become equally influential in the region.² [10]


Australian Prime Minister John Howard, dismissed concerns that the depending 
alliance between Australia and Japan would harm ties with China. [11]

There are aggressive steps being undertaken by NATO and the U.S. to encircle 
Russia and China. What the agreement between Australia and Japan (along with the
move by the Tokyo government to amend the Japanese Constitution) amounts to, is 
the formation of an Eastern flank against Russia and China and a parallel 
sister-alliance to NATO.

[1] Ellen Bork & Gary Schmitt, A NATO for Asia: Helping South Korea despite 
itself, The Weekly Standard, December 11, 2006.

[2] Australia in Japan security deal, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), 
March 13, 2007.

[3] Judy Dempsey, Japanese signal new era in ties with NATO: Abe tells alliance 
it seeks security role, International Herald Tribune, January 12, 2007.

[4] Japan¹s Cabinet approves joint missile project with US, Xinhua News Agency, 
December 24,, 2005.

[5] John C. Rood, International Missile Defence: Challenges for Europe (Remarks 
to the 8th Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Missile Defense Conference, 
London, U.K., February 27, 2007).

[6] Japan moves to loosen army¹s role, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), 
April 13, 2007.
      [7] Rood, Remarks to the 8th RUSI, Op cit.

[8] Brendan Nicholson, US gets military base in Western Australia, The Age, 
February 15, 2007.

[9] Isabel Reynolds, Defence pact in focus as Australian PM visits Japan, 
Reuters, March 10, 2007.
      [10] Ibid.

[11] Howard backs Japan security deal, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), 
March 10, 2007.

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on 
Globalization specializing in geopolitical and strategic issues.

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