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US and Japan announce new military agreements aimed at countering China

US and Japan announce new military agreements aimed at countering China

During a White House state visit characterized by grandeur and ceremony, President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida have unveiled a new era of military collaboration aimed at countering China.

In the midst of a White House Rose Garden press conference, against the backdrop of radiant sunshine, President Biden announced that the armed forces of both nations will enhance cooperation through a joint command structure. Additionally, in conjunction with Australia, they will develop a novel air missile defense network.

“We’re enhancing the interoperability and coordination of our military forces to ensure seamless and efficient collaboration,” remarked President Biden during the joint press conference with Prime Minister Kishida. “This marks the most significant enhancement of our alliance since its inception. Furthermore, I am delighted to announce that Japan, the United States, and Australia will establish a networked system for air and missile defense architecture for the first time. We are also looking forward to organizing a trilateral military exercise involving Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom.”

President Biden, who was born a year following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that propelled the United States into World War II, emphasized that these agreements establish a new standard for military cooperation.

This strategic move appears to enhance the agility of US and Japanese forces in potential crisis scenarios, such as a Chinese incursion into Taiwan. President Biden underscored that these measures are “purely defensive” and are not targeted at any specific nation or pose a threat to the region.

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