On Wednesday, the United States and Japan held bilateral security discussions via video teleconference on the Indo-Pacific security environment, including the influence of COVID-19. They also discussed regional issues and bilateral defense cooperation.
In attendance were, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Japan and Korea Marc Knapper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia Security Heino Klinck, Deputy Director General for North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yutaka Arima, and Deputy Director General for Defense Policy, Ministry of Defense, Taro Yamato.
Both sides confirmed continued close coordination to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific. They also agreed to enhance response and deterrence capability, and strengthen the Japan-US (U.S.-Japan) Alliance, which remains stronger than ever.