BLINKEN WARNS CHINA AGAINST 'COERCION AND AGGRESSION' ON FIRST ASIA TRIP


17/03/2021




Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S.-Japan bilateral alliance in the Indo-Pacific has been "a cornerstone of the peace, prosperity, and security of the region for 60 years."

Blinken warned against using "coercion and aggression" against China.

Blinken arrived in Tokyo with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on the first foreign visit by senior cabinet members of President Joe Biden's administration.

Blinken, who held talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu, said the "simple and important main purpose" of the visit was to re-emphasize U.S. commitments to the two-country alliance.

Motegi called the visit "a great opportunity to send a strong message on strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance."

"The foundation of the prosperity and peace of the Indo-Pacific region is the 'unshakeable' alliance of the United States-Japan," Motegi said, noting that the international community will be led in the region.


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