Okinawa remains central to both the US-Japan security alliance and to the overall US strategic posture in the Asia-Pacific. It provides the essential platform for combined defense of Japan’s vulnerable “Nansei Shoto” (southwest islands) area, to include disputed territories in the East China Sea. Equally important, it provides a launch pad for US regional crisis response for flashpoints such as Korea and Taiwan, and for humanitarian assistance/disaster response missions.
PacNet #49 – Okinawa – Look to Singapore!
July 8, 2013