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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. (AFP)
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. (AFP)
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24 Jan 2023 02:01:06 GMT9
24 Jan 2023 02:01:06 GMT9

BRUSSELS: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will visit Japan from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 and meet Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio, the organization said Monday.

NATO, which is becoming increasingly wary of China, is expected to confirm with Tokyo the strengthening of cooperation regarding security in the Indo-Pacific region.

The US-led alliance revised its Strategic Concept, which provides action guidelines for the next decade, for the first time in 12 years last June.

The revised document mentioned China’s increasingly hegemonic moves for the first time and called for strengthening cooperation with Japan and South Korea.

Tokyo also revised three key defense documents including the National Security Strategy last December, positioning China as “the greatest strategic challenge” and clarifying Japan’s intention to acquire counterstrike capabilities for the first time.

According to NATO, Stoltenberg will visit South Korea for two days from Sunday and meet senior officials including Foreign Minister Park Jin.

JIJI Press

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