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​Second Harbinger for USA: Japanese PM at Congress Says Ukraine Situation is a Marker of US Reliability

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US Marines in Japan, Mount Fuji in the background / Open-source illustrative photo
US Marines in Japan, Mount Fuji in the background / Open-source illustrative photo

By continuing to delay military aid supplies to Ukraine, the United States is quickly losing trust among strategic partners, and Japan with its territories occupied by russia and a truce status has a lot of tension points as well

The fact that the United States is losing its status as the global security guardian is not just becoming more and more evident, the issue is being raised publicly by the top government officials.

The first warning signal came from Josep Borrell, head of EU diplomacy, who said Europe after 75 years of fruitful partnership can no longer rely on the US; now the second comes just two days afterward from the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, during his address to the US Congress.

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"The leadership of the United States is indispensable. Without the US support, how long before hopes of Ukraine would collapse under the onslaught of Moscow? Without the presence of the United States, how long before the Indo-Pacific would face even harsher realities?" Kishida said in Washington.

For Tokyo, this question is no less pressing than for Europe or South Korea, or especially Taiwan. If the United States is faltering to provide even a stable supply of military equipment, there's no guarantee that Washington will hesitate when it comes to more decisive actions in the future, in case China or North Korea begins open aggression.

While the question remains without an answer, Fumio Kishida assured the USA that Japan remains a reliable and effective partner that has doubled its defense budget in 2024 and is turning from a regional to a global partner. But trust is the key to partnerships like this.

Japanese PM Fumio Kishida during his address to the US Congress, April 11th, 2024 / Defense Express / Second Harbinger for USA: Japanese PM at Congress Says Ukraine Situation is a Marker of US Reliability
Japanese PM Fumio Kishida during his address to the US Congress, April 11th, 2024 / Photo credit: Prime Minister's Office of Japan

Surely, it was a diplomatic speech tiptoeing around such sensitive topics like the absence of a peace agreement with the Soviet Union and, accordingly, russia as its self-proclaimed successor since World War II. As well as the fact Moscow is keeping under occupation four southern islands of the Kuril Archipelago, and without the direct question of what the US would do if, hypothetically, Putin proclaimed Hokkaido as "historically russian territory" while holding his hand on the nuclear button.

Unlike the European diplomat Josep Borrell in his speech, Kishida did not mention any alternatives to the partnership with the USA, for one because the only way to engage in dialogue with dictatorships like the russian federation is through obtaining nuclear weapons which is not realistic for Japan.

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