Japan-U.S. Defense Ministers’ Meeting “opposed to unilateral attempts to change the status quo” on China’s trends August 29 at 9:33 p.m.
Defense Minister Kono visited Guam in the United States and met with Secretary of Defense Esper and confirmed that he would oppose unilateral attempts to change the status quo against the backdrop of force as China has been active in military activities in the South China Sea and other areas.
Defense Minister Kono visited Guam in the United States for the first time in nearly six months and met with Secretary of Defense Esper for about two hours.
At the beginning of the meeting, Secretary Esper said of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s resignation, “He is a great leader and has made every effort to strengthen relations between Japan and the United States, including on the security front. We hope for an early recovery,” Minister Kono said, “Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has worked hard to rebuild the Japan-U.S. alliance and strengthen it more than never before.”
In light of China’s active activities in the East and South China Seas, Minister Kono said, “The world has changed dramatically due to attempts to change the status quo by force. We need to work together not only in Japan and the U.S., but also in countries with similar thinking.”
They confirmed that they would oppose unilateral attempts to change the status quo against the backdrop of their power.
They also agreed that North Korea should fully implement UN Security Council resolutions for the complete and irreversible disposal of ballistic missiles in all ranges.
On that basis, they confirmed that Japan and the United States will work together to develop defense capabilities to replace the Aegis Ashore, taking into account the decision not to deploy the new interceptor missile system Aegis Ashore in both Yamaguchi and Akita prefectures.
After the meeting, Defense Minister Kono told an online press conference, “Despite the spread of new coronavirus infections, unilateral changes in the status quo, including against the backdrop of force, are accelerating in the Indo-Pacific region, including against the backdrop of the spread of new coronavirus infections. With the rapidly changing security environment, it is significant that Japan and the United States have been able to show strong cooperation with the international community.”