INDIA-JAPAN AIR EXERCISE IS STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT, SAYS JAPANESE EXPERT

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Tokyo: The joint air exercise between India and Japan currently underway at Japan’s Hyakuri Base is the first between the two countries and is a strategically important development, according to Dr Satoru Nagao, a researcher at Hudson Research Institute, in a piece published in the Japanese language magazine WedgeOnline.

To begin with, he claims that Japan trails well behind China in terms of military spending, with the former increasing defence spending by only 2.4 percent between 2011 and 2020, while China boosted it by 76% during the same period. It is, therefore, “important for Japan to work with other countries and strive to distribute China’s military force in multiple ways”.

He believes that if China launches military action against Taiwan or Japan, the PLA Air Force will concentrate its efforts in these areas. But “if Japan and India act together, and China is aware of that, the PLA will be forced to deploy a number of its fighters against India to protect its flanks”.

This will cause China’s air power to diffuse away from Japan and Taiwan. Similarly, if China launches an attack on India, Japan’s deployment of long-range cruise missiles would force China to split its defences.

Interestingly, Dr. Nagao believes that “The Chinese military places a high value on the India-China boundary. PLA leaders who escalated tensions with India profit professionally within China’s system “. He uses the case of Li Zuocheng as an example.

He Weidong, the “person who directed operations in the Doklam area in the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in 2017, has now become a member of the Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission,” according to the Chinese Communist Party. Thus, China’s military personnel affairs suggest that the country is beginning to regard India as a strong country.

Dr. Nagao adds that, despite good efforts on both sides and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Japan in 2022-23, there were a few irritants such as disagreements over Russia’s military action in Ukraine, India’s refusal to allow a Japan Air Self-Defense Force aircraft to land in India, and so on.

The impending combined Air Force exercise, which is a continuation of previous efforts such as “Malabar,” “Dharma Guardian,” and “Maitree,” will change the tide and turn the match around with a six, in cricket terms.

He goes on to say that the exercises offer numerous tactical advantages for Japan. With India contributing Sukhoi-30 jets to the exercise, Japan Air Force officers would get knowledge of the same weaponry utilised by China and Russia.

He adds that the exercise will be a good move in the right direction because Japan clearly underlined the importance of defence cooperation with India in its ‘National Security Strategy’ and ‘National Defence Strategy’ issued in December 2022.

As one of the first advocates in Japan,

The impending combined Air Force exercise, which is a continuation of previous efforts such as “Malabar,” “Dharma Guardian,” and “Maitree,” will change the tide and turn the match around with a six, in cricket terms.

He goes on to say that the exercises offer numerous tactical advantages for Japan. With India contributing Sukhoi-30 jets to the exercise, Japan Air Force officers would get knowledge of the same weaponry utilised by China and Russia.

He adds that the exercise will be a good move in the right direction because Japan clearly underlined the importance of defence cooperation with India in its ‘National Security Strategy’ and ‘National Defence Strategy’ issued in December 2022.

As one of the first advocates in Japan,

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