China is recognised as the greatest shared strategic challenge by the US and Japan.

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Washington: Both the United States and Japan consider China to be the greatest shared strategic challenge that Washington, Tokyo, and their allies currently face, US State Secretary Antony Blinken said after the 2+2 ministerial meeting with Japanese counterparts.

At a press conference in Washington on Wednesday, Blinken stated, “We believe that the PRC [the People’s Republic of China] is the largest common strategic issue that we and our allies and partners face.”

“We oppose President Putin’s war with Ukraine jointly,” he continued.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada were greeted by US top diplomat and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for the US-Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting to examine a wide range of security-related matters.

According to Japan’s Kyodo News, foreign and defence officials from the two nations concur that China’s rising might poses the “biggest strategic challenge” in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.

In addition, the two sides agreed to extend the reach of their security agreement into space and strengthen deterrence.

The Japanese Foreign Minister concurred with his American colleague in saying that the US-Japan alliance is extremely concerned about China’s foreign policy, which is geared at constructing an international order that would serve Beijing’s interests.

Hayashi noted that China’s illegitimate claims as well as its coercive and provocative acts in the South China Sea are strongly opposed by both the United States and Japan.

Only a few weeks had passed since Japan had approved new security and defence strategy documents, setting Tokyo on the path to acquiring “counterstrike” weapons.

According to a joint statement, as reported by Kyodo News, “the ministers concurred that China’s foreign policy strives to restructure the international order to its benefit and to exploit China’s expanding political, economic, military, and technological might to that end.” The alliance and the broader international community find this behaviour to be quite concerning.

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