WASHINGTON — Russia and Japan held a monumental joint defensive and foreign ministers’ meeting for the first time.
Reuters reported that the two countries are being careful for China’s rising military influence and power in the East Asian and Pacific regions.
The two countries never signed a treaty to formally end World War Two, and dispute the Russian possession of a northern island chain north of Japan called the Kurile Islands and Northern Territories.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin have met four times in the past six months to build trust and build relations.
The U.S. is also concerned about China after signing a security agreement with Australia.