US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are meeting with their Japanese counterparts. The “Two Plus Two” meeting between the United States and Japan aims to deepen the partnership between the two countries in the Indo-Pacific Basin.
The first US diplomat and Pentagon chief will meet with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kish. This is the first international visit for US officials since the beginning of the Biden administration.
Speaking at a news conference before the meeting, Blinken said Washington and Tokyo share common values and “believe in democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” but those values are now “under threat,” whether in China or Myanmar.
Motegi said that along with the US partner, he opposes China’s attempt to change the status quo in the East and South China Seas, where Beijing is aggressively expanding its military capabilities and making territorial claims to neighboring countries for almost the entire region.
In a joint article published in the Washington Post before Blinken and Austin left for Tokyo, they said that “China is trying to change the international order in the region.”
From Tokyo, Blinken and Lloyd will travel to South Korea.