Japan and the United States on Tuesday condemned Chinese “coercion and aggression” in the Indo-Pacific region.
In a joint statement after a meeting in Tokyo, the two nations’ foreign and defense ministers said they will not tolerate Beijing’s “destabilizing behavior.”
The statement was released after talks between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and the two nations’ defense ministers, Lloyd Austin and Nobuo Kishi.
Blinken and Lloyd were making their first overseas trips as members of the administration of US President Joe Biden, underlining the importance that Washington places on stability in the region.
Analysts described the strong wording of the statement as “unprecedented” but emblematic of just how concerned Tokyo and Washington have become at Beijing’s efforts to gain the military, economic and geopolitical upper hand in Asia and beyond.