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April 7, 2024 (EIRNS)—Japan continues to bend over to accept U.S. demands to join in preparation for war with China, by agreeing to join the AUKUS (the Australia-U.K.-U.S. agreement to cooperate in providing nuclear subs to Australia, and related military preparations to surround and threaten China). According to Reuters April 7, the Financial Times announced that the “U.S., Britain and Australia will announce talks on Monday about bringing new members into their AUKUS security pact as Washington pushes for Japan to be involved as a deterrent against China.”

Reuters added: “The announcement by the group’s defense ministers will be related to ‘Pillar Two’ of the pact, which commits the members to jointly developing quantum computing, undersea, hypersonic missile, artificial intelligence and cyber technology, the newspaper reported Saturday, citing people familiar with the situation. They are not considering expanding the first pillar, which is designed to deliver nuclear-powered attack submarines to Australia, the FT said.”

The news service also acknowledged that AUKUS “is part of their efforts to push back against China’s growing power in the Indo-Pacific region. China has called the AUKUS pact dangerous and warned it could spur a regional arms race.”

This escalation of war preparations against China will be further expanded this week when Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Philippine President Bongbong Marcos hold bilateral and joint summit meetings with President Joe Biden in Washington, where joint military deployments in the South China Sea and related military agreements against China will be announced.

Rahm Emanuel, the outspoken U.S. ambassador in Tokyo, wrote in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal on April 3 that Japan was “about to become the first additional Pillar II partner.” A senior U.S. administration official said on April 3 that some sort of announcement could be expected in the coming week about Japan’s involvement, but gave no details. (Emanuel was Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, and in 2011 became Mayor of Chicago, ultimately not running for a third term when scandals plunged his approval ratings into the low 20s.)