Japan and the United States are set to strengthen their security partnership with Britain, Australia and the Philippines to counter China’s assertive military posture, Kyodo News reported.

Within the framework of strengthening security ties, the five countries will increase joint maneuvers in the Indo-Pacific region and promote cooperation in defensive technologies, the sources said.

The new partnership is expected to be agreed upon at a meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and US President Joe Biden during a summit on April 10 in Washington. It will be included in a joint statement to be issued after the summit.

Japan hopes to bolster its security ties with the United States’ three other allies to counter China’s growing military activity in the Indo-Pacific region.

However, attempts to quickly bolster a military alliance could provoke China, causing regional divisions and instability.

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In recent years, Britain has stepped up its commitment to the Indo-Pacific region and plans to deploy an aircraft carrier strike group to the area in 2025. Japan, the United States and Britain are also expected to discuss holding joint exercises near of the Sea of ​​Japan.

As for Australia, Japan and the United States plan to discuss plans to improve interoperability and the smooth transfer of defensive technologies during the bilateral meeting.

Kishida and Biden could also discuss Japan’s collaboration with the AUKUS security partnership, including on anti-submarine warfare and robots, during the summit.

During the visit to Washington, Kishida, Biden and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. are scheduled to hold a three-way summit to further promote maritime security cooperation. They are also expected to discuss expanding joint drills as well as Japan’s defense assistance to the Philippines.

Kishida will visit the United States as a state guest, marking the first such visit by a Japanese leader since then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s trip in 2015.

Source: https://reporteasia.com/relaciones-diplomaticas/2024/03/31/japon-y-ee-uu-reforzaran-sus-lazos-en-materia-de-seguridad-con-el-reino-unido-australia-y-filipinas/

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