The U.S. and Japan conducted a joint fighter jet flight over the Sea of Japan on Thursday in an apparent response to a Russia-China joint bomber flight. This comes as U.S. President Joe Biden is visiting Tokyo, where he has warned of China's growing threat to international stability.
During his visit, Biden has sought to reaffirm the U.S.-Japan alliance and present a united front against China. On Wednesday, he announced that the U.S. would be sending two aircraft carriers to the region in a show of force.
China is seen as a growing threat by the United States and its allies, due to its increasingly assertive behavior in the region, including in the disputed South China Sea. China and Russia have been conducting increasingly bold joint military exercises which further escalates global tension.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed this rising conern in a statement on Thursday:
"Even as President Putin’s war continues, we will remain focused on the most serious long-term challenge to the international order — and that is the one posed by the People’s Republic of China"
The joint U.S.-Japan flight on Thursday is seen as a way to send a message to China and Russia that America is not alone in it's opposition to China's rise. It also serves as a reminder of the close alliance between the U.S. and Japan, which China views with suspicion.
Only time will tell, but with the way tensions are escalating it's doubtful that the U.S. can avoid a military conflict with China.
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