Noda's playing a provocative game. Strengthening military ties to Washington harms relations with its most important neighbor. Notions of an alleged Sino threat don't wash. Neither do concerns about North Korea's change of leadership. Both countries seek friendly, not confrontational relations.
Getting in bed with America carries counterproductive baggage. It's a price too high to pay. It facilitates NATO creep where it has no business going. It's done it across North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. East and other Asian areas are next. India is a prime target. Expect Latin America to follow.
US strategy involves containing and isolating China. Russia is also targeted. Regional cooperation should be prioritized. What better way than productive alliances to beat Washington at its own game.
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