Japanese Defense Minister’s US visit to counter ‘China assertive’: report

Experts say Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi’s visit to the United States in May for talks with his American counterpart Lloyd Austin on strengthening bilateral ties is a response to “increasingly assertive China” in the Asia-Pacific region.

According to reports, Kishi and Austin are expected to express their intolerance of China’s increased military, diplomatic and economic pressure on Taiwan. The report adds that both sides are likely to voice concerns over Beijing’s unilateral attempts to forcibly change the status quo in East Asia, according to the Global Times.

Japan has spared no effort to tout the Chinese “threat” to the island of Taiwan and the meeting between the two defense ministers could involve discussing specific support measures such as economic and military cooperation.

The meeting comes at a critical time as it also gives Japan an opportunity to anticipate any threats to surrounding regions, the Korean Peninsula, the South China Sea and the Asia-Pacific region.

In a bid to deepen defense cooperation, the United States and Japan held a virtual 2+2 meeting in January, signing a new five-year presence cost-sharing agreement. American military in Japan.

The meeting involved the foreign and defense ministers of both countries and, as usual, targeted China, which has been described as undermining the rules-based international order and posing “the political, economic, current military and technological resources for the region and the world,” the Global Times reported.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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