BERLIN/TOKYO | | japan

BERLIN/TOKYO (Own report) - In Tokyo today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will conclude a statement of principles on intelligence service cooperation with Japan more closely linking Germany to espionage structures directed against China. According to reports, the agreement will initially regulate the exchange of intelligence information, along the lines of similar agreements Japan has concluded also with the USA, Australia, India, and NATO. Berlin and Tokyo are thereby drawing closer to the US-led "Five Eyes" intelligence network, which launched an international campaign against Beijing last summer. As the Western campaign against China gains momentum, the German government, together with Japan, is also seeking to make a stand against the USA, staking its claim to an independent global policy. Therefore, Berlin is taking joint action, not only with Japan, but with Beijing as well against the Trump administration's punitive tariffs, as Norbert Röttgen, CDU foreign policy maker explained. more…

TOKYO/BRUSSELS/BERLIN | | japan

TOKYO/BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Own report) - With the conclusion of their free trade agreement, the EU and Japan are about to establish the world’s largest free trade zone. As was reported, the agreement between the two highly export oriented economic blocks, generating nearly 30 percent of the global economic output, could already take effect in early 2019. According to the EU Commission and German economic institutes the Japan-EU Free Trade Agreement (JEFTA) could lead to significant economic growth and the creation of hundreds of thousands of new jobs. On the one hand, the agreement is aimed at making up for eventual slumps on the US market and, on the other, is part of the containment strategy against China, the emerging powerhouse. Despite their differences, Berlin and Washington continue to cooperate in their opposition to Beijing. Parallel to the JEFTA agreement, the EU, Japan and the USA have declared that they will jointly take on China more aggressively over trade issues. more…

BERLIN/TOKYO/SEOUL | | japansuedkorea

BERLIN/TOKYO/SEOUL (Own report) - Berlin is expanding its military and arms industry cooperation with the People's Republic of China's East Asian rivals. A few days ago, the German and Japanese defense ministries signed an agreement to intensify their "cooperation in the defense technology sector." For years, the German arms industry has been seeking to enhance its standing on Tokyo's arms market, which is continuously expanding, primarily due to the power struggle with Beijing. Cooperation is also growing between the armed forces of Germany and Japan. The German Armed Forces Staff College in Hamburg recently concluded an agreement to this effect. Cooperation with the South Korean military is likewise being intensified. Seoul, one of the German arms industry's most important customers, has already placed South Korean warships at the disposal of the EU's operation in the war on piracy at the Horn of Africa. more…

BERLIN/TOKYO | | japan

BERLIN/TOKYO (Own report) - Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened the CeBIT digital trade fair in Hanover on Sunday, emphasizing their commitment to expand German-Japanese cooperation. Japan is "a friend," Merkel declared, with whom one can advance in promoting digitalization. Japan had once been the Federal Republic of Germany's most important East Asian business partner, but, in terms of German foreign investments and trade, it has fallen far behind China over the past few years. Even though strategically highly significant, from a German point of view, economic relations have been stagnating. A counterweight to Beijing in East Asia would be advantageous for Berlin's foreign policy. Germany has therefore begun to expand military cooperation with the Japanese armed forces. During his visit in Tokyo last November, Germany's President, at the time, Joachim Gauck, explicitly encouraged Japan's rearmament, which is pointed directly at China. Having taken a sharp nationalist course, the Japanese government will send a new helicopter carrier to train with the US Navy in the South China Sea in May. more…

TOKYO/BERLIN | | japan

TOKYO/BERLIN (Own report) - The German Chancellor's trip to Japan, early next week, takes place in the midst of the expansion of military relations between Berlin and Tokyo. Particularly the German Navy is regularly cooperating with its Japanese counterparts, with which it carries out tactical maneuvers at the Horn of Africa. Since some time, army and air force have also been extending their antennas toward Japan. Parallel to Germany's efforts, Great Britain and France have also been intensifying their military policy relationships to Japan. The same goes for NATO, which, just last year signed an "Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme" with the Japanese government. Already two years ago, German government advisors had recommended that Germany "participate in the USA's political and military re-orientation toward Asia." This would mean the reinforcement of western positions in the direct territorial vicinity of the Peoples Republic of China, with the intention of rolling back its political power. Berlin and the EU also see Japan, the USA's key ally in Asia, as an important partner in their rivalry with Beijing. more…

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BEIJING | | chinajapan

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Own report) - Despite escalating tensions in East Asia, German companies have announced new arms exports to Western allies in China's vicinity. Kiel's HGW shipbuilding company has confirmed its decision to sell two submarines to Singapore. In the island disputes in eastern and southeastern Asia, Singapore is seen as one of the West's reliable partners. The current territorial disputes over the archipelago known as the "Diaoyu Islands" (in China) and the "Senkaku Islands" (in Japan), which are claimed by both countries, gives an indication of the conflicts emerging in the region. Interest in these islands is based not so much on their resources but rather on conflicting geo-strategic interests: These Islands are part of a chain of islands Beijing considers an important defense against possible aggression. Berlin is observing these tensions with apprehension because they could threaten German business interests. German arms exports to the region, as well as the Bundeswehr's growing cooperation with Japan, South Korea and other Western allies, are an indication that, in the case of an escalation of conflict, Germany would take sides - against China. more…

TOKYO/BERLIN | | japanchina

TOKYO/BERLIN (Own report) - German government advisors are calling for the enhancement of NATO's cooperation with Japan. In view of the current Sino-Japanese dispute over the Diaoyu Islands (Japanese: Senkaku Islands), government advisors warn that "crises" in the East China Sea could "get out of control." A "counterweight to China's growing military capacities" will, in the future, become necessary and should be built in cooperation with the West's allies - including Japan, Australia and Singapore. Since some time, the Bundeswehr has in fact been enhancing its cooperation with Japan. According to the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), "integrative" measures should simultaneously be promoted in East Asia, especially "a new Sino-Japanese dialogue and effective mechanisms for crisis reduction." As the German think tank recently explained, the EU or individual European countries could offer to serve as "mediators" and build a reputation as "independent actors in the region" - "between the USA and China." Berlin and Brussels could thereby pursue their own geostrategic policy also in East Asia. more…

TOKYO/BERLIN | | japan

TOKYO/BERLIN (Own report) - Germany and Japan have launched a second UN offensive and seek to make a consolidated effort to attain seats on the UN Security Council. This was announced by Chancellor Angela Merkel following talks in Berlin with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The new assault ("UN reform") succeeds a UN diplomatic debacle, in which both sides failed, due to the resistance of several World War II victims of the earlier Berlin/Tokyo axis of aggression. In 2005 Berlin, in particular, was accused of using brutal methods in its handling of third states. According to these reports, votes were to be bought, so that Germany could attain world power status with a seat on the UN Security Council. The emergence of the German/Japanese alliance is accompanied by Tokyo's politico-military offensive. Powerful forces in Japan strive for a revision of the postwar constitution, which currently only permits self-defense forces. The intention is to unharness Japanese military potential on a global scale. The rearmament of Japan is coordinated with Washington and is to lead to an institutionalized cooperation with NATO. Discussions to this effect were the focus of Shinzo Abe's recent visit to the German capital. The German government announced its wish to further intensify the very close cooperation with its ex-World War II ally. The alliance is directed against China, a repeated victim of Japanese crimes of aggression. more…

BERLIN/NEW YORK/BEIJING (Own Report) | | chinajapanusa

BERLIN/NEW YORK/BEIJING (Own Report) The campaign by the German Federal Government to obtain full membership on the UN Security Council has failed. Under no circumstances will Berlin receive the desired veto right and must accept second or third class status. For the moment, this is the result of bitter objections voiced by the USA, Italy and several Eastern European UN members against Germany's demands. In order to prevent the advancement of Berlin's as a competitor in the UN, Washington utilizes third states and threats of revelations of corruption in the UN's administration. The acting UN secretary general is being pressured by the continual conflicts created by the German campaign; while China's veto power is moved into position against Berlin. more…

BERLIN | | japan

BERLIN Applying an extensive marketing strategy, the German Foreign Office is aiming to mend the weakening relations between Germany and Japan. According to the Foreign Office, the recently introduced campaign ,,Germany in Japan 2005/2006"intends to strengthen German influence in Japan and to defend Germany against the competitors from the US, France, Great Britain, and Italy. Japan is the second largest economic power in the world and increasingly follows her own foreign policies. more…