During the first overseas visit of Biden’s new administration, two Washington ministers arrived in Tokyo. This was a non-random choice and the purpose was to convey a clear message to China.
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken and Pentagon head Lloyd Austin confirmed to Japanese Foreign Secretary Toshizo Motegi and Nobubu nobukoto today that the U.S.’s “unwavering” commitment to strengthen its bilateral alliance with Japan is a “unshakable” commitment to China. “Compulsory” means “serious concern” about behavior in this region and other parts of the world. During the first overseas visit of Joe Biden’s new US government, the two ministers from Washington arrived in Tokyo. This was a non-random choice, with the purpose of sending a clear message to China and becoming increasingly radical on the international stage: the United States and Japan have Capability, planning and operating philosophy provide a credible deterrent for Beijing and anyone who intends to infringe on its national interests.
Kishi reiterated the argument of the head of the Pentagon’s first overseas visit at a meeting in the Japanese capital, “This represents a strong message and reflects the solidity of the Japan-US alliance.” In his opening speech, the US Secretary of Defense said that the US-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region and responding to threats to stability.
In a joint statement, Brinken, Austin, and their Japanese counterparts Motegi and Kishi said about China’s actions in Hong Kong, Xinjiang and other parts of the earth, as well as “recent destructive developments in the region, such as world peace” “Serious Concern”. China Coast Guard Law».
The Coast Guard Act that was implemented on February 1 has attracted attention in Japan, because Chinese Coast Guard ships have repeatedly entered the Japanese waters near the Senkaku Islands, apparently trying to undermine the control of Tokyo.
According to Kyodo News, the ministers confirmed that they also discussed Washington’s “firm commitment” to defend Japan in the East China Sea and reiterated their opposition to China’s “illegal” maritime claims in the South China Sea.
Minister Senkaku said in a joint statement issued after the Tokyo meeting: “The United States and Japan still oppose any unilateral actions aimed at changing the status quo or undermining Japan’s management of these islands.”
The ministers then reiterated their commitment to the denuclearization of North Korea and urged Pyongyang to fulfill its obligations under the UN Security Council resolutions. According to a senior State Department official, Biden’s administration is currently negotiating with Japan and South Korea to conduct a “thorough” review of the US’s North Korea policy, which is expected to be completed “in the next few weeks”. Since mid-February, the US government has been looking for a direct communication channel with Pyongyang, but there is no feedback at this time.
After the two-two meeting (this is the first time since April 2019), the US minister will meet with the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Then, Brinken and Austin will go to Seoul tomorrow for talks with their Korean counterparts.
(With source Askanews)