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AUKUS pact a misbegotten scarecrow that Japan should avoid

Merits of the trilateral deal are overblown

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaking in September 2021 about a national security initiative, joined virtually by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.   © Sipa/AP

Masahiro Matsumura is professor of international politics and national security at the faculty of law, St. Andrew's University, Osaka.

Following the surprise announcement of the trilateral security pact among Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States called AUKUS in September last year, the Biden administration appears to have steadily reinforced its strategic shift against China.

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