Japan likely to defend Taiwan if Beijing makes moves
former US national security official Matt Pottinger says
Pottinger defends the Trump administration against assertions that it strained ties with Japan and other allies in the region‘Some of the key pillars of our strategy in the Indo-Pacific region were ideas that we borrowed and adapted and shared and collaborated on with Japan,’ he says
Topic | US-China relations
Published: 5:03am, 3 Jun, 2021
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Tokyo would step up militarily to defend Taiwan if Beijing moved to reunify the island with mainland China by force, former deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger said in a panel discussion on Tuesday with other top Trump administration officials.
Pottinger, considered one of the key architects of the Trump administration’s hardline China policies, said Japan first suggested a quadrilateral alliance with the US, India and Australia – now known as the “Quad” – as a defence strategy against China. He also pushed back on assertions that the former administration strained ties with Japan and other allies in the region.
“Some of the key pillars of our strategy in the Indo-Pacific region were ideas that we borrowed and adapted and shared and collaborated on with Japan,” Pottinger said in a panel discussion featuring former secretary of state Mike Pompeo and former national security adviser Robert O’Brien, called a “Seminar on Conservative Realism and National Security on US-Japan Relations”
South China Morning Post