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From WAPO today:

The United States convened more than 40 meetings with Japan and South Korea since last year to help normalize the two countries talking again, he said. “What is China’s strategy in the region, [other] than keeping U.S.’ principal allies divided?” Emanuel said. Thursday’s meeting came on the heels of other strategic groupings in the Pacific with an eye toward China, including a major submarine-building agreement between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom; an agreement between Japan, the U.K. and Italy to develop new fighter jets; and a potential new security pact among the Philippines, Japan and the United States…

Like it or hate it this Administration is working overtime to put China in a box.


Many thanks freighterman 1. Very helpful information. :+1:

Now Germany and Japan are cooperating to put China in a box.

From AP Today:

TOKYO (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday held the first round of government consultations in Tokyo and agreed to strengthen economic and defense ties to better cope with China’s growing influence and global security concerns.

Kishida told a joint news conference after the talks that the sides agreed to strengthen supply chains in minerals, semiconductors, batteries and other strategic areas, in order to “counter economic coercion, state-led attempts to illegally acquire technology and non-market practices,” apparently referring to China.

“Japan and Germany, both industrial nations that share fundamental values, need to take global leadership to strengthen resilience of our societies,” Kishida said.

Scholz brought six of the 17 Cabinet members for talks with Japanese counterparts, including economy, finance, foreign, interior, transport and defense ministers. They discussed deepening economic and national security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as China’s assertiveness in pressing its maritime territorial claims and its closer ties with Russia…