In the context of uncertain regional prospects, the two countries hope to deepen long-term defense relations.
US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken said on Thursday that the United States and Japan will sign a new defense cooperation agreement to respond to emerging threats, including hypersonic and space-based weapons.
Within a week of focusing on Japan’s international role, North Korea tested what it said Hypersonic missile.
Brinken said that the US-Japan alliance “not only needs to strengthen the tools we have, but also to develop new tools”, citing Russia’s military build-up against Ukraine, Beijing’s “provocative” actions against Taiwan, and North Korea’s missile launches.
Russia, China, and the United States are also competing to manufacture hypersonic weapons, whose extremely fast speed and maneuverability make it difficult to be detected and intercepted by existing missiles.
“We are launching a new research and development agreement that will make it easier for our scientists, our engineers, and project managers to collaborate on emerging defense-related issues, from responding to hypersonic threats to advancing space-based capabilities,” Brinken Speaking of the meeting at the opening ceremony.
Japanese Foreign Minister Lin Ji is telling his American counterparts that the challenges facing the international community include “unilateral and corrosive attempts to change the status quo, abuse of unfair pressure, and an expanding dictatorship.”
The meeting between US and Japanese officials was the second day after Japan and Australia signed a security agreement.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reached a reciprocal access agreement (RAA) at a virtual meeting on Thursday-the second agreement signed between Japan and a foreign country.
Morrison called RAA “Key moments for Australia and Japan“This will “become an “important part” of the two countries’ response to the “uncertainty we are now facing.”
Japan approved record-breaking defense spending last month, and it will increase for the 10th consecutive year in 2022.
When testing hypersonic missiles in its neighboring countries, Japan has been committed to developing electromagnetic “railgun” technology to target these missiles.
Brinken said that Japan and the United States are expected to sign a new five-year agreement on US military bases in Japan. Japan has agreed to provide US troops in Japan with a maintenance cost of 9.3 billion U.S. dollars during this period.