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Inada visits USS Ronald Reagan in Yokosuka

  • August 24, 2016
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08242016AMalert2Mainichi and most other papers wrote that Defense Minister Inada visited the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan at the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka on Aug. 23 and held talks with Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, the 7th Fleet commander, aboard the ship. The two officials agreed on the importance of the rule of law in the East and South China Seas. Inada’s visit to the U.S. aircraft carrier was intended to demonstrate the strong U.S.-Japan alliance in response to Chinese government ships’ repeated intrusions into Japanese waters near the Senkaku Islands. Inada and the U.S. commander also confirmed enhanced cooperation with South Korea over the DPRK’s launches of ballistic missiles. Inada told reporters after her tour of the Ronald Reagan that the visit reminded her of the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance and deterrence of a U.S. aircraft carrier. Ahead of her visit to the U.S. naval base, the defense minister toured the helicopter-carrier Izumo at the MSDF base in Yokosuka.

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