U.S. Defense officials confirmed that after the U.S. Warship USS Lassen (DDG -82) sailed on October 27,2015 and went to a 12 mile limit in China’s fake and artificial islands, the Japanese navy is also preparing to conduct a military patrol and surveillance in the disputed area in the West Philippine sea.
At a meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia- U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Japanese Minister of Defense General Nakatani reiterate that their countries’ intentions are to conduct, freedom of navigations and both oppose any attempts to change the status quo by force.
General Nakatani said, “Japan will explore the possibility of working in tandem with the U.S. To carry out together a maritime operation in the Asia-Pacific region in accordance with the international law.”
Secretary Carter Also welcomed the enactment of the Peace and Security Legislation in Japan that allows the country to conduct military deployments abroad.
The United States will fly, sail and operate, wherever the international law allows, as we do around the world, and the South China Sea will not be an exception.” Secretary Carter added. - Carl E.