Japan and the United States agreed to cooperate in the event of an armed conflict between China and Taiwan. This was reported on Sunday by the Kyodo agency, citing sources in the Japanese government.
According to him, the relevant issue was raised during a meeting held this week in Tokyo between the head of the Pentagon Lloyd Austin and the Minister of Defense of Japan Nobuo Kishi.
At the same time, there was no detailed discussion of how exactly the parties should react to such a conflict situation. At the same meeting, the Japanese minister pointed out the increased activity of Chinese aircraft in the Taiwan Strait region.
Tokyo, as noted by Kyodo, for its part, is considering the option of sending the Self-Defense Forces to protect US ships and aircraft in the event of a direct conflict in the Taiwan area. Japan proceeds from the fact that this region is close to it and this state of affairs will directly affect its security.
In a joint statement following the two-plus-two meetings of the foreign and defense ministers of Japan and the United States in Tokyo on March 16, the sides called for peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
In an interview with Japan’s Nippon TV, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also expressed concern about China’s actions against Taiwan.