For the first time, China is named a hypothetical enemy in Japan's and the United States' exercises
For the first time, the People's Republic of China was explicitly named as a hypothetical enemy in a joint command and control exercise between the United States, Japan, and Australia called Keen Edge. The military is practicing joint actions in a computer simulation in the event of an emergency in Taiwan.
This was reported by Kyodo News, citing government sources. The exercise is being conducted amid growing concerns about Beijing's potential invasion of Taiwan.
The computer simulation began on February 1 and will last until the 8th.
Previously, the exercise used a conditional name for the enemy. Maps that differed slightly from the topography of real countries were also used to avoid a negative reaction in the event of a data leak. However, Keen Edge now uses real maps, Kyodo News reported.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense has classified the exercise scenario as top secret, the journalists noted.
America and Japan have several plans for joint operations involving emergencies, and the project involving Taiwan was completed at the end of 2023.
After Keen Edge, the military wants to draw up a final scenario by the end of this year. A live demonstration of the exercise is expected to take place around 2025.
As OBOZ.UA previously reported:
- Large-scale purges among China's military command are due to the fact that the country has discovered numerous corruption schemes in the armed forces. This casts doubt on Beijing's ambitions for Taiwan, Bloomberg reported.
- In his New Year's address, Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to "take back" Taiwan. He called "reunification" with the island nation a "historical necessity."