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

Topic |   US-Japan relations
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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