Joint training begins in Japan, the United States, Britain and Australia France and Germany also participate in China’s restraint to expand military hegemony
A large-scale joint training “Talisman Saber” (= meaning “amulet power”) of amphibious operations by seven countries including Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia began on the 14th in Queensland, northeastern Australia. Four countries, including France and Germany, also participated as observers. The aim is to restrain China, which is expanding its military hegemony.
A total of more than 17,000 people from each country will participate in the training to improve tactical skills and strengthen cooperation in amphibious operations.
It will be carried out for 18 days until the 31st.
The Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture), which is called the “Japanese Marine Corps” by the Ground Self-Defense Force, will utilize Australian ships to operate with the Australian Army and the US and British Marines.
Since last year, China has increased economic pressure on Australia, including imposing sanctions tariffs and restricting imports of agricultural products. There is growing concern within Australia that “China will pose a military threat in the near future.”
At the opening ceremony of the training held on that day, Maj. Gen. Jake Elwood of the Australian Army said, “It will be a powerful demonstration of the breadth and depth of the US-Australia alliance.”
The GSDF unit arrived in June. After completing the two-week quarantine required for the new corona measures, the activity started on the 11th of this month.
The United States is promoting the strategic framework “QUAD” between Japan, Australia and India. Japan also wants to strengthen its defense cooperation with Australia, and in November last year, it generally agreed on the “Facilitating Agreement (RAA)” on joint training between the Self-Defense Forces and the Australian Army.