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Secretary Blinken, FM Motegi agree to cooperate on free and open Indo-Pacific

NHK reported on a meeting between Foreign Minister Motegi and Secretary of State Blinken in New York. The two officials reportedly exchanged views on AUKUS, the new security framework established between the United States, the UK, and Australia last week, and agreed to deepen cooperation with allies and partners through AUKUS, the Quad, and other frameworks to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific. They also reportedly discussed the applications recently submitted by China and Taiwan to join the TPP from the standpoint of maintaining the international order in the Indo-Pacific region. Motegi reportedly urged the United States to return to the trade pact.

 

According to the network, Motegi also participated in a trilateral meeting with the foreign ministers of the United States and South Korea, during which he pointed out that North Korea’s recent nuclear and missile activities, including the latest ballistic missile launches, pose a threat to the peace and security of Japan, the region, and the international community. The three ministers also reportedly agreed on the importance of intensifying their diplomatic efforts, fully enforcing the UNSC resolutions, and strengthening deterrence in the region to achieve North Korea’s complete denuclearization. They also confirmed their intention to further deepen the trilateral partnership. All commercial networks carried similar stories.

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