U.S., Japan defense chiefs pledge cooperation in ‘any situation’ amid Taiwan concerns

The Japanese and US defense chiefs held their first talks on Tuesday, pledging to cooperate to respond to “any situation in the region” after China launched ballistic missiles in waters near the remote southwestern islands from Japan earlier this month.

New Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin have “strongly condemned” Beijing’s decision to launch five ballistic missiles into the exclusive economic zone claimed by Japan, according to the Japanese Ministry of Defense, the couple promising “transparent” cooperation, including at ministerial level, to meet the challenges.

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