A Japanese soldier trains during a joint military drill with French and US forces in May. Photo: Reuters
A Japanese soldier trains during a joint military drill with French and US forces in May. Photo: Reuters

Japan steps up diplomatic, military engagement in Pacific islands amid mounting US-China rivalry

  • Tokyo plans to open a new embassy in Kiribati, one of Beijing’s newest Pacific allies, and has increased military cooperation with French forces in the region
  • Observers say Japan is worried about the region’s balance of power, as more Pacific nations have thrown their diplomatic support behind Beijing in recent years

Topic |   Pacific nations
A Japanese soldier trains during a joint military drill with French and US forces in May. Photo: Reuters
A Japanese soldier trains during a joint military drill with French and US forces in May. Photo: Reuters
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