The Japanese and US defense ministers reportedly agreed at a meeting last week to work closely on military issues between China and Taiwan.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin raised the issue when he met with Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi on Tuesday, but did not discuss specific ways in which the two countries should work together to respond to the incident. That does not happen.
Japan’s Kyodo newspaper said that historically Japan has refused to comment on the major Taiwan emergency situation involving China, and that the position remains to push for peace talks to resolve the tensions.
Lloyd Austin and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with their Japanese counterparts in Tokyo last week, the first visit by a senior member of President Joe Biden’s cabinet.