On January 22, Manning was quoted in a This Week in Asia article on whether Japan being added to the AUKUS military alliance would lead to Russia, North Korea, and China forming a similar alliance in response.

“Although Tokyo would like to solidify its relationship with like-minded states in the region and hedge against Chinese power, the provocative risks of committing Japan to the Aukus partnership could be significant. This could also result in the establishment of a mirror organization between China, Russia, and North Korea.”

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