AUKUS officials consider adding Japan to security pact

By Tony Bertuca / April 8, 2024 at 1:12 PM
Defense officials from the U.S., U.K. and Australia said today they are considering including Japan in Pillar II of the AUKUS security agreement, which supports developing and fielding emerging weapons technologies focused on the Indo-Pacific region. A joint statement from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Grant Shapps and Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles said “collaboration opportunities” may exist with Japan. “In identifying collaboration opportunities, we will take into account factors...

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