Japan has been pushing back on chinas assertiveness

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Japan has been pushingback on China’s assertivenessin the region, andtheislandnation is a linchpin inthe United States’ goal of maintainingthepost-World War IIsecurity order in thePacific.South Korea will get its first F-35s next year, and Australia has been training pilots in the aircraft in Arizona since 2014. Australians got alook at the F-35 earlier this year when the jet made its first appearance in the country at the Australian International Airshow.PresidentDonald Trump, Sen. John McCain and other prominent critics of the F-35 programhave assailed its budget overruns, which have made it the most expensive weapons program in history. The program willnow cost upward of $400 billion, according to congressional estimates.However,Pacific military planners saidthe aircraft is highly capable and brings the added benefit of alliancebuilding with partner nations purchasing the F-35.AND their author concedesJapan prioritizesboth China and North Koreawhen buying F-35’s---those F-35’s are key to Japan catching upto China.1AC Jeong-ho et al. 19. Lee Jeong-ho reports on China's diplomacy for the Post. He alsocovers East Asian security and defense stories. He has a bachelor's degree in media andcommunications and Chinese studies from Sydney University and a master’s in International Studiesin Chinese area studies from Seoul National University, Kristin Huang is a senior China reporter, whofocuses on diplomacy and defence. She joined the Post in 2016 and previously reported for ChinaReview News Agency. Kristin is interested in security in northeast Asia and China's growing militarymight, Zhenhua Lu joined the Post in 2017 as US correspondent covering US-China relations ondiplomacy, security and trade. After six years' working overseas in Brussels and Washington DC, he isnow based in Hong Kong and writes about China foreign policy. He has master's in internationaljournalism, 5-30-2019, “Japan is planning to buy 105 more F-35 stealth fighters, and that may be abig problem for China” Business Insider, -fighters-intensify-china-arms-race-2019-5//don.The F-35 deal islikelyto help Japan reassert its roleas a leading security player, butalso present a new challenge to China's People's Liberation Army, which has extended its clout in the Indo-Pacific region in recent years. So far about adozen US allies have placed orders for the F-35. The Australian government has budgeted US$17 billion for 72 of the jets and South Korea has ordered40 F-35As. Lockheed Martin, which makes the F-35, also hopes Seoul will buy another 20 of the fighters.Washington and Tokyohavelongbeen wary of Beijing's military expansion, with Japan announcing a newforeign policy strategy of a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" three years ago to furtherpromote the "rule of law, freedom of navigation and free trade." Washington'sconcerns are reflected in this year's version of an annual congressional report thatwarned:"Over the coming decades, [Chinese leaders] are focused on realising apowerfuland prosperous

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