Officials stated that Japan will not be added to the AUKUS three-way alliance.
Japan and America have refuted media reports that Tokyo might be invited into a security agreement to jointly develop hypersonic weaponry with Australia, the UK and Australia.
Jen Psaki White House spokeswoman, when Jen was asked about the report at Wednesday’s press briefing. She said it was “inaccurate,”According to reporters, the AUKUS alliance wouldn’t become “JAUKUS”Soon.
“Our focus has been on finalizing a trilateral program of work on a range of advanced military capabilities that align our priorities and amplify our collective strengths,”She added.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno also responded to the claim on Wednesday, stating that Tokyo was “not asked to participate in the security framework.”
The initial report was published in Japan’s Sankei Shimbun newspaper on Tuesday. Citing “several government officials,”It stated that Australia, Britain, and the United States had been notified. “asked for Japan’s participation in AUKUS,”Assisting in the development of cooperation “hypersonic weapons and electronic warfare capabilities.”
Washington, London, Canberra created the AUKUS alliance in September last year. This alliance has been seen as countering China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific. The three nations have announced plans to jointly develop new artificial intelligence capabilities and long-range weapons – including hypersonic missiles – while the US and UK will share technology to help Australia construct a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.
Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the AUKUS agreement was meant to incite. “military confrontation,”Arguments that the hypersonic weapon research would be beneficial to humanity could not be made. “aggravate an arms race in the Asia-Pacific”Attempt to undermine international agreements on non-proliferation
“The US, the UKAnd Australia should recognize Asia-Pacific countries’ aspiration for peace, development and cooperation,” and “discard the Cold War and zero-sum game mentality,” Zhao added.
Japan’s plans to develop its hypersonic weaponry have been revealed. The government has also announced two new class of missiles for standoff in 2020. While functional prototypes could be available sometime between 2024 and 2028, the munitions aren’t expected to enter service until the early 2030s.
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