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US and Japan agree to deepen their security cooperation as China worries

In response to their shared concerns about China, the United States and Japan have outlined plans to improve their security cooperation.

The US and Japan said China posed a “unprecedented” threat to international order in a joint statement released on Wednesday in Washington, DC, following talks between their foreign and defense ministers. They also vowed to position their alliance to “prevail in a new era of strategic competition.”

According to the statement from Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and their Japanese counterparts, Yoshimasa Hayashi and Yasukazu Hamada, China’s foreign policy aims to use its growing political, economic, military, and technological power to reshape the international order to its advantage.

The alliance and the entire world are gravely concerned about this behavior, which poses the biggest geopolitical problem in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.

In order to improve anti-ship capabilities that would be required in the case of a Chinese incursion into Taiwan or other hostile acts in the South or East China seas, the four men agreed to alter the American soldier presence on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.

In the long-standing US-Japan security treaty, they also formally included space, stating that “attacks to, from, and within space” might result in the treaty’s mutual defense clauses being triggered. That was previously not covered by the agreement.

In the long-standing US-Japan security treaty, they also formally included space, stating that “attacks to, from, and within space” might result in the treaty’s mutual defense clauses being triggered. That was previously not covered by the agreement.
In addition, they stated that NASA, the US space agency, planned to sign a cooperation agreement with Japan on Friday.

The two countries’ efforts to strengthen their cooperation “across all areas,” including space, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies, are reflected in the pact, according to Blinken.

In the Indo-Pacific, the US-Japan alliance, according to him, has “been the cornerstone of peace and stability, protecting the security, the liberty, and prosperity of our people and people throughout the region.”

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