Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said that he expects further productive development of bilateral relations and fruitful discussion of the situation in the region.
Talks between Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and his American counterpart Austin Lloyd began on Tuesday in Tokyo. This is the first visit to Japan by the new head of the Pentagon.
“I look forward to the further productive development of bilateral relations and fruitful discussion of the situation in the region,” the head of the Japanese defense Ministry said before the talks. He also stressed that he expects to discuss the situation “with China’s disturbing actions” in the region during the talks with Lloyd.
Lloyd, in turn, stressed that “the US-Japan alliance, without a doubt, remains the cornerstone of stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region.” He also expressed confidence that together Washington and Tokyo are “able to cope with any challenges” that the two countries face today and will face in the future.
As part of his official visit to Japan, Lloyd is also due to take part in two-plus-two talks with his Japanese counterparts on Tuesday: the new US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, arrived in Japan with the head of the Pentagon. It is expected that the main topic of the upcoming talks will be the growing influence of China and bilateral cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. Among other issues that the ministers intend to address in Tokyo will be the holding of joint exercises, cooperation in space, including on the Artemis Moon exploration project, and ensuring cybersecurity. The last time negotiations in this format were held in Washington in January 2019. Today’s meeting will be the first since Joe Biden took office as president of the United States.