European Council President Charles Michel congratulated the new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida with whom he hopes to continue cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region following the controversy sparked by the AUKUS alliance between the United States, Australia and the United States to deepen UNITED KINGDOM.
“We warmly congratulate the Prime Minister on his appointment. We know you are a friend of the EU and look forward to working with you to advance the EU-Japan strategic partnership and deepen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.” The Belgian Prime Minister in a comment on Twitter.
Kishida, who held the Foreign Ministry during the Shinzo Abe phase, was appointed by the Japanese parliament this Monday to replace Yoshihide Suga at the head of the government and its formation after failing to run for re-election as leader of the Liberal Democrats party ( PLD.)
The message of the European bloc comes after the diplomatic earthquake caused by the tripartite military alliance facing China in the Indo-Pacific, which will enable Australia to develop nuclear submarines.
The announcement of the AUKUS agreement surprised the EU with Paris as the main victim, as it would abruptly end a multi-million dollar contract with Canberra for the production of French-made submarines.
Although Tokyo has not been very critical of the Anglo-Saxon alliance, partly because it is faced with the rise of China in the region, it remains to be seen what effect this will have on its relationship with Washington and whether the Security Quad dialogue will lose any of its specific weight, which it forms along with India and Australia as well as the United States itself.