Part 2: Japan
Since the first months of Joe Biden’s presidency, the United States has been showing considerable diplomatic activity in the Asia-Pacific region. The priority of relations with its key partners was reaffirmed during the first Leaders’ Summit of the Quadrilateral Framework (USA, Japan, Australia and India), held virtually on 12th March 2021.
Apart from creation of working groups on some common problems in the region, US officials and analysts do not hide the anti-Chinese orientation of the new format. However, each of the other three participants in the dialogue, based on their own position in the region and the level of relations with China, sees the future of the Quad in his own way.
Japan remains a key ally for the United States, both in terms of its potential and its willingness to cooperate for stability in the Asia-Pacific region. As for the well-known list of claims against Beijing, Tokyo’s is quite large. In response to threats from China, Japan has initiated deepening cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.