Daniel Kritenbrink is on his first trip to Japan since becoming the top US diplomat for East Asia in late September. Photo: Kyodo
Daniel Kritenbrink is on his first trip to Japan since becoming the top US diplomat for East Asia in late September. Photo: Kyodo

US will welcome rise in Japan defence spending, senior American diplomat says

  • The comments by Daniel Kritenbrink, US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, come amid China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region
  • While not a formal rule, Japan has long kept defence spending below 1 per cent of GDP due to its pacifist Constitution

Daniel Kritenbrink is on his first trip to Japan since becoming the top US diplomat for East Asia in late September. Photo: Kyodo
Daniel Kritenbrink is on his first trip to Japan since becoming the top US diplomat for East Asia in late September. Photo: Kyodo
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