Tokyo, Sept. 17 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi has issued a statement welcoming the details released on Thursday of the European Union’s Indo-Pacific strategy with the apparent aim of containing China.
Japan “welcomes the EU’s announcement of their specific measures, together with their strong will, for their engagement in the Indo-Pacific,” Motegi said.
The EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific “resonates with Japan’s views and efforts for a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific,'” the Japanese minister stressed.
Both sides “will continue to further advance concrete cooperation across broad areas including security and defense, economics, regional connectivity, climate change and digital,” he added.
Under the strategy, the EU will consider launching negotiations to conclude digital cooperation pacts with Japan, South Korea and Singapore while aiming to strengthen trade and investment ties with Taiwan.
The EU will also cooperate with Japan, South Korea and Taiwan to diversify semiconductor supply chains, in order to reduce its dependence on China for strategic materials.
In the announcement, meanwhile, the EU indicated its interest in cooperating with the “Quad” nations–Japan, the United States, Australia and India–in such fields as climate change and technology.
In a related move, the United States, Britain, Australia on Wednesday announced the establishment of a new security framework for the Indo-Pacific region.