US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper ahead of a meeting with Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

US defence chief Mark Esper urges Japan to join Strait of Hormuz coalition to counter Iran threat

  • Japanese counterpart said government would think carefully about what role Tokyo can play in guaranteeing passage of ships in the Middle East
  • Esper also said China is ignoring values such as the international rule of law, freedom of navigation and respect for the sovereignty of other nations
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US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper ahead of a meeting with Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters
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