US, Japan to unveil new defence guidelines amid China's rise

The Japanese military could expand its role and missions around the world under new US-Japan defence guidelines that are expected to be released on Monday and may cause unease in China.

A centrepiece of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's U.S. visit this week, the guidelines are part of Abe's wider signal that Japan is ready to take more responsibility for its security as China modernises its military and flexes its muscles in Asia. The conservative Japanese leader, who is scheduled to meet U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday, will likely want fresh assurances that America will come to Japan's aid if necessary in a clash with China, Japanese politicians and experts said.