Drills by carriers seen as part of a concerted effort by Washington to reassure partners in the region and counter Beijing's moves in the disputed waterway.
Remarks by the government's top spokesman came before Tokyo confirmed 67 COVID-19 cases — the highest daily figure since 87 were reported on May 4.
Tokyo deploys harsh diplomatic language to stress that move "undermines the credibility" of the “one-country, two-systems” principle.
The second dual carrier exercise in a week comes amid a flurry of U.S. and Chinese military activity in Western Pacific.
After weeks of vitriol, leader offers apparent off-ramp for defusing rising tensions with Seoul, one day before the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.
The hawkish former national security adviser lays bare the apparent trials and tribulations the Japanese PM has faced in placating the mercurial American president.
Ex-top U.S. official writes that the president told him the best way to get allies like Japan to pay for substantial increases is "to threaten to withdraw all U.S. forces."
The deployment — the first of its kind since 2017 — is likely intended to send a message to Beijing amid rising tensions.
North Korea is literally blowing up its relationship with the South. But its bark looks bigger than its bite — at least for now.
With Trump distracted by domestic issues, Abe may have judged the timing as ripe for halting the U.S.-made missile system without facing too much of a backlash.