U.S. Defense Secretary “Exchange of Opinions on China’s Bad Things” Meeting with Defense Minister Kono August 29 at 6:11 PM
At the beginning of his meeting with Defense Minister Kono, Defense Secretary Esper said, “The United States will do its best to protect the free and open Indo-Pacific region in cooperation with Japan and other allies. At today’s meeting, I would like to exchange views on the wrongdoings of the Communist Party of China, including aggression located in neighboring countries in the East and South China Seas.”
Regarding the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, he said, “The United States will firmly oppose Beijing’s activities, including challenging Japan’s administration in the Senkaku Islands, where Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty applies.”
In a contribution to a newspaper dated May 25, Secretary Esper called on countries to review their relationship with the Chinese military, as well as to increase military pressure on China on the military side, including inspecting multilateral military exercises off the coast of Hawaii, as he continues to take aggressive action against the surrounding countries.
On the other hand, Secretary Esper said he was “sorry” about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s intention to resign. Prime Minister Abe was a wonderful leader and was committed to strengthening the security relationship between Japan and the United States.”