The US reiterates its support for the increase in Japanese military spending


New York, Oct 4 (EFE).- The Secretary of Defense of the United States, Lloyd Austin, reiterated this Wednesday his support for the increase in military spending approved by Japan in December of last year and its “acquisition of counteroffensive capabilities” during a meeting in Washington with his Japanese counterpart, Minoru Kihara.

“Secretary Austin reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering commitment to the defense of Japan,” Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Pat Ryder said in a statement.

Ryder also referred to the “historic momentum” of relations between both countries in an increasingly complex security environment in the Indo-Pacific, given the movements of China and the nuclear and missile development of North Korea.

The officials pledged to continue working together to improve deterrence in the region and ensure “a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the favorite phrase of US officials to frame their strategy to counter Chinese influence.

Kihara’s visit to Washington, his first as Defense Minister after taking office a few weeks ago, occurs in a context of greater rapprochement and military cooperation between the two countries, and with neighboring South Korea, given the increase in tensions in the area.

In December, the Japanese Government approved its new Defense guidelines, backed by the United States, which for the first time include providing itself with the ability to attack enemy bases in the event of a threat to national security, in addition to a record increase in its military spending. .

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