US, Japanese regimes reaffirm alliance amid China territorial claims

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The new head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command held talks with top Japanese officials on Tuesday and reaffirmed their alliance amid China’s increasingly assertive claims to contested areas in the region, officials said. Adm. John Aquilino, who assumed the post in April, and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi shared their concern about China’s ‘continuous and intensified attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the East and South China Seas,’ the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. ‘Under the current circumstances, the importance of the alliance is greater than ever,’ Motegi told Aquilio in his opening remarks.” (06/01/21)