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U.S. and Japan are more vital military alliances to fight the rising Chinese threat

U.S. and Japan are more vital military alliances to fight the rising Chinese threat. 

On Friday, the United States and Japan expressed their deep concern over China’s increasing power in clear terms. Moreover, they agreed to cooperate against any attempts to undermine the region.

The remarks made by the two allies in a joint declaration that came after a virtual gathering of their defense and foreign ministers show how the growing anxiety regarding China and the increasing tensions over Taiwan have put Japan’s security role in the spotlight.

In their statement, ministers expressed their concern about China’s efforts “to undermine the rules-based order” brought “political, economic, military and technological challenges to the region and the world” in their statement.

“They resolved to work together to deter and, if necessary, respond to destabilizing activities in the region,” it read.

The ministers also noted that they have “serious and ongoing concerns” concerning human rights in China’s Xinjiang and Hong Kong regions and stressed the importance of stability and peace within the Taiwan Strait.

In a virtual summit on Thursday, Japan and Australia signed a defense agreement of cooperation.

China sent a stern message to the three nations.

“We deplore and firmly oppose the gross interference in China’s internal affairs by the U.S., Japan, and Australia and the fabrication of false information to smear China and undermine the solidarity and mutual trust of countries in the region,” foreign minister spokesperson Wang Wenbin told a daily briefing in Beijing.

Pacifist Japan has close economic ties to China. Still, it is increasingly concerned that it could move against democratic Taiwan, which it claims as part of China.

“This is a combined message reflecting a common concern, not a case of U.S. arm-twisting to get Japan to sign onto vague euphemisms,” said Daniel Russel. He served as the highest U.S. diplomat for Asia under the administration of President Barack Obama and is now working for Asia Society Policy Institute. Asia Society Policy Institute.

“In particular, the expression of joint resolve to respond if necessary to destabilizing activities comes across as a powerful expression of alliance solidarity and determination.”

Before the talks began, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington and Tokyo had a plan to create a new defense agreement to combat emerging threats, such as hypersonics and technologies based in space.

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