U.S. and Japanese defense ministers agree to cooperate on Taiwan

According to Kyodo Tsushin, Lloyd Austin and Nobuo Kishi did not discuss details of a joint response in the event of an emergency around Taiwan

The military chiefs of the United States and Japan agreed during a meeting the other day to cooperate closely in the event of a military clash between China and Taiwan. This was reported by the Kyodo Tsushin news agency on Sunday, citing multiple government sources.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin raised the issue in a meeting with Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi on Tuesday, the agency reported, noting that the two sides did not discuss specific details of a coordinated response by the two countries to such an emergency.

Japan has traditionally refrained from commenting on possible emergencies in Taiwan over China, and its position remains to “encourage dialogue to peacefully resolve tensions” between the Taiwan Strait sides, Kyodo Tsushin reported.

Austin and U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met with their counterparts in Tokyo as part of the first overseas visit by senior members of President Joe Biden’s cabinet.

In a joint statement with the Japanese side, Austin and Blinken noted that “China’s behavior, when it is not consistent with the existing international order, presents political, economic, military and technological challenges to the alliance and the international community.”

No comment has yet been received from the U.S. Embassy in Japan. Representatives of Japan’s Defense Ministry were not available for comment.

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