As Asia frets over China, warmer welcome likely for Japan PM’s push

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s message of a bigger global security role for Japan when he speaks at a regional forum this week is likely to find a receptive audience as concerns grow in Asia about China – although some will refrain from clapping too loud for fear of offending Beijing.While Japan has a festering dispute with China over islands in the sea between the two Asian economic giants, tensions have also spiked between Beijing and several Southeast Asian nations over rival claims to the oil and gas-rich South China Sea.Abe is to deliver the keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday, a forum for defense and security experts from Asia, including the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the United States and Australia.The conservative prime minister is expected to explain his stepped-up push to lift a ban that has kept Japan’s military from fighting overseas since World War Two.

For full report read ….. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/29/us-security-asia-japan-idUSKBN0E908S20140529

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