Sullivan: Kishida Government National Security Strategy has Potential to Transform U.S.-Japan Alliance

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in support of the new national security strategy and related documents released today by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida: 

“I want to congratulate and commend Prime Minister Kishida and his cabinet for the groundbreaking leadership they have demonstrated with these transformative national security plans. The documents finalized and released today by the Kishida government have the potential to dramatically transform the U.S.-Japan alliance. Many of us in the U.S. Senate and in successive administrations have been encouraging Tokyo for many years to strengthen its national defense capabilities.

“Today, Japan is taking bold and historic steps forward in this regard. And for the sake of the U.S. and Japan’s national security interests in the region, the peace and security of the entire Indo-Pacific region, and our common interest in combating authoritarian aggression from dictators like Putin and Xi Jinping, today’s bold announcement by Prime Minister Kishida and his government has the potential to secure peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region for decades to come. I’m especially pleased to see the convergence between our assessments of the strategic environment. Tokyo has become increasingly vocal about the Chinese Communist Party’s military threat to Taiwan, and now, in its national security strategy, it calls China what it is – an ‘unprecedented and the greatest strategic challenge.’ 

“In the months to come, there will be opportunities to bring this extraordinary moment to bear on the alliance. I encourage the Biden administration to make the most of it. It will have my full support.” 

In October, Sen. Sullivan was in Japan to host a summit on the Alaska LNG Project and to meet with senior Japanese officials.

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