TOKYO: The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and their US counterparts have expressed grave concern over Chinese law, which came into force when its Coast Guard ships could fire on foreign vessels around the Senkaku archipelago that is Claimed by Beijing in the East China Sea.
The two sides agreed at a bilateral security meeting in Tokyo to step up joint and multilateral exercises to maintain allied operational readiness and deterrence to address China’s aggressive behavior and coercion in particular. In the East and South China Seas.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visit Japan for the so-called “two-plus-two” talks, the first foreign ministerial visit under the administration of President Joe Biden. “Describing China as the greatest geopolitical test of the 21st century.”
Japan has sought US assurances for its protection amid growing concerns raised by the Chinese Coast Guard Act, which took effect on Feb 1.
Chinese coastguard vessels have repeatedly invaded Japanese waters around the Senkaku archipelago in an attempt to undermine Tokyo rule.
A joint statement issued after talks between the two sides, which included Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister, said: “The Minister has expressed grave concern over the disruptive developments in In areas such as the China Coast Guard, ” he said.