For the first time, ministerial talks on foreign affairs and defense between Japan and Germany will be held.
It is expected that they will share the recognition that China is strengthening hegemonic behavior and exchange opinions on cooperation toward the realization of a "free and open Indo-Pacific" based on the rule of law.
Japan and Germany are coordinating to hold the first ministerial talks on foreign affairs and defense, so-called 2 plus 2, by video conference next week. From the Japanese side, Foreign Minister Motegi and Defense Minister Kishi, and from the German side. Foreign Minister Mars and Defense Minister Crump Karenbauer are expected to attend.
At the talks, they shared the recognition that China is strengthening hegemonic actions such as expanding into the East China Sea and South China Sea, and will discuss cooperation toward the realization of a "free and open Indo-Pacific" based on the rule of law. It is expected to exchange opinions.
Based on the fact that a German frigate will be dispatched to the Indo-Pacific region this summer, it is expected to confirm the policy of deepening the security cooperation between the two countries with a view to joint training with the Maritime Self-Defense Force.
When the German government compiled guidelines on security in the Indo-Pacific region last year, it announced that it would change its diplomacy in Asia centered on China and aim to strengthen relations with Japan and other countries. Has a policy of further expanding cooperation with countries that share values, including Germany.