SCMP: US and Japan warn against China’s ‘coercion and destabilising behaviour’
Tue March, 2021, Age: 2 years
Ahead of planned talks between the U.S. and China in Alaska this week, the defense and foreign ministers of Japan and the U.S. met to discuss regional concerns and issues. In a joint statement, issued following the meetings, Japan and the U.S. stated bluntly, “the United States and Japan acknowledged that China’s behavior, where inconsistent with the existing international order, presents political, economic, military and technological challenges… (we are) committed to opposing coercion and destabilizing behavior towards others in the region.” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken wen on to single out China’s aggression in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea, and human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Analysts remarked that it was unusual for a joint press release to single out countries by name and that the pointed criticism of China was likely to draw Beijing’s ire.