Shinzo Abe is one of the few international leaders who continues to wield significant influence over his country's foreign policy as they did during their tenure in office.
GAG have previously reported on Abe-efforts san's to enhance Japan-Taiwan collaboration. We've also discussed how he gained Taiwan's government's backing when Joe Biden openly degraded the island country at the Democracy Summit. The most recent events show that Shinzo Abe's remarks and policy intentions are bearing fruit, and the Biden administration is following suit.
According to Japan’s Kyodo news agency, when a crisis with Taiwan arises, US and Japanese troops have drafted a draft report for a combined action. According to Kyodo, the US Marine Corps would deploy soldiers and build up temporary bases on the Nansei island chain, a Japanese archipelago that stretches toward Taiwan, at the first hint of a Taiwan emergency. In the meanwhile, the Japanese military would give logistical support in the form of ammunition and gasoline. The fact that this document has seen the light of day so soon after Joe Biden insulted Taiwan demonstrates Shinzo Abe's power.
Shinzo Abe’s direct warning to Joe Biden
After nearly eight years in government, Abe stepped down as Prime Minister in 2020, while he continues to lead the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's main group. Abe delivered a virtual talk in English at a Taiwan-US-Japan event held by the Prospect Foundation think tank in Taipei on the 14th of December.
Abe, speaking following Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-opening wen's comments, emphasized the island's security once more. He related the possibility of a cross-strait conflict to Tokyo's own defense preparations and the JSDF's tight cooperation with US soldiers. He also urged Japan, Taiwan, and the United States to keep improving their defense capabilities.
He claims that weakness promotes provocations, thus Japan, Taiwan, and the United States must work together to increase their combined capabilities in all areas, including undersea, sea surface, airspace, cyber, and outer space.
While these words appear to be Abe's direct warning to China, they are also messages to Joe Biden, urging him to stick to Taiwan and Japan's bigger strategic decisions if the alliance structure in East Asia is to be maintained. While these words appear to be Abe's direct warning to China, they are also messages to Joe Biden, urging him to stick to Taiwan and Japan's bigger strategic decisions if the alliance structure in East Asia is to be maintained.
The Shinzo Abe effect
Shinzo Abe came out in full support of Taiwan when Taiwan's digital minister Audrey Tang arrived via video connection to address the US-hosted democracy conference and was humiliated as a result. Following his comments, the Japanese government established a special agency to deal with bilateral issues with Taiwan and potential collaboration. Now, Abe-warnings san's to Joe Biden are catching up with the US government, which is following suit.
As a result, Japan and the United States have made it clear that if China follows through on its ludicrous plan to invade Taiwan, the US Marines would beat Chinese PLA forces black and blue, essentially putting an end to China's Taiwan ambitions. As a result, Japan is not leaving any stone untouched. It has realized that it will have to combat China sooner or later and is preparing accordingly. Japan is following Shinzo Abe's lead and is not waiting for US or other nation cooperation.
Under Joe Biden's leadership, the United States has realized that Shinzo Abe's rhetoric and the Japanese government's actions are in sync. And if Washington wants to keep any kind of an alliance structure in East Asia, it'll have to follow Tokyo's norms.