The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and Japan’s foreign minister expressed concerns about Beijing’s actions in the East and South China Seas.
The new head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command held talks with Japanese leaders and reaffirmed the alliance amid China’s increasingly assertive claims to disputed territories in the region.
Admiral John Aquilino, who took over in April, and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi shared concerns about China’s “constant and increasing” attempts to “unilaterally change the status quo in the East and South China Seas,” according to a Japanese Foreign Ministry statement.
“In the current circumstances, the importance of the alliance is greater than ever,” Motegi Aquilino said in his opening remarks.
The two sides also reaffirmed the importance of peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and agreed to further strengthen joint response and deterrence capabilities for the “freedom and openness of the Indo-Pacific.”