Think tank calls for second US carrier in Japan

Think tank calls for second US carrier in Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, talks with the captain of the USS Ronald Reagan in Sagami Bay, off the coast of Kanagawa Prefecture, on Oct. 18.
PHOTO: Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO - A US independent policy research institute has issued a provocative report calling for deployment of an additional aircraft carrier in Japan.

The report highlights the need to bolster US Navy's capabilities in the western Pacific to counter China's military buildup.

An aircraft carrier is an offshore military base. Deployment of two aircraft carriers in Japan could greatly affect the military balance in Asia. The report will likely generate much debate among policy wonks and pundits.

In late November, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments released the policy report: "Deploying Beyond Their Means: America's Navy and Marine Corps At a Tipping Point."

The Washington, D.C.-based institute is mostly comprised of former officials of the US Department of Defence and US military forces. As a result, the CSBA has close ties with the Pentagon.

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