Joe Biden announces a MAJOR new defense pact to counter China, as the US seeks allies in Asia.
JOE BIDEN has promised closer ties with Japan as the two countries coordinate their defense strategies to counter China’s regional influence.
Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japan’s Foreign Minister, spoke with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
The virtual meeting was attended by both countries’ defense secretaries.
As they signed a historic defence pact, Japan and the United States expressed concern about China’s “ongoing efforts” to “undermine” regional order and stability.
China’s actions posed “political, economic, military, and technological challenges to the region and the world,” they added.
This comes as Japan and Australia signed a historic agreement to strengthen military ties and counter China’s grip on the Indo-Pacific region.
Japan and the US said they had “resolved to work together to deter and, if necessary, respond to destabilizing activities in the region” in a joint statement.
Both countries expressed “serious and continuing concerns” about human rights violations in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
“The Chinese government is committing crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the northwest region of Xinjiang,” according to Human Rights Watch.
They claim China’s leadership is “accountable for widespread and systematic policies of mass detention, torture, and cultural persecution, among other things.”
The importance of South China Sea stability was also emphasized.
They expressed “strong opposition” to China’s “illegal maritime claims, militarization, and coercive activities in the South China Sea.”
Mr. Blinken stated that the new defence pact was in response to growing military concerns around the world, and that it “must not only strengthen the tools we have, but also develop new ones.”
“We’re launching a new research and development agreement that will make it easier for our scientists, engineers, and program managers to collaborate on emerging defense-related issues, ranging from countering hypersonic threats to advancing space-based capabilities,” he said at the start of the meeting.
This follows reports that North Korea fired a “hypersonic missile” that successfully hit its target, according to its state news agency.
It also follows Russian forces amassing on Ukraine’s border and Beijing’s increasing incursions into Taiwanese airspace.
Japan’s Foreign Minister stated that Tokyo is preparing to focus on its defense capabilities, which the US supports.
The Japanese government has also approved record defense spending.
“News from the Brinkwire.”