Washington — President Joe Biden presents a united front with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to counter the increasingly threatening China as U.S. leaders host the first face-to-face White House summit since taking office I tried.
China was at the top of the agenda, emphasizing Japan’s central role in US efforts to betray Beijing. The two leaders said they had tackled a series of geopolitical issues, including Taiwan, and Suga reaffirmed “the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.” This is a slap against the growing military pressure of Beijing on the autonomous islands claimed by China.
“Today, Prime Minister Suga and I confirmed our iron-clad support for the Japan-US alliance and our shared security,” Biden said at a joint press conference at the White House Rose Garden. I called it.
“We have promised to work together to address challenges from China and issues such as the East China Sea, South China Sea and North Korea to ensure a free and open future for the Indo-Pacific.”
Other pressing concerns at the talks included increasing Chinese military pressure on Taiwan, a tense grip on Hong Kong, and a crackdown on Muslim Uighurs in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
Prime Minister Suga and Biden said they agreed with the need for open talks with China in connection with Beijing’s activities in the Indo-Pacific region and reaffirmed the importance of the Japan-US alliance.
The summit was held shortly after the Chinese administration sent 25 aircraft, including fighters and nuclear bombers, near Taiwan, which Beijing considers a nuisance state.
“Because it is a diplomatic exchange, I will not go into details, but the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait between Japan and the United States has already been agreed and reaffirmed this time,” said Mr. Suga.
In another swipe in China, Biden said the United States and Japan would jointly invest in areas such as 5G, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, genomics and semiconductor supply chains.
“Both Japan and the United States are deeply invested in innovation and look to the future,” Biden said. “This includes investing in and protecting technologies that maintain and enhance our competitiveness.”
The summit, when Biden first met foreign leaders directly with the president, was expected to issue a formal statement on Taiwan, US officials said earlier.
This is the first joint statement on Taiwan by Japan-US leaders since 1969. But it doesn’t seem to be what Washington expected of Suga, who inherited China’s policy of trying to balance security concerns and economic ties. Inaugurated as a premiere in September last year.
A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian, said on Friday that China had expressed solemn concern about what was called a “collusion” between Japan and the United States, and that countries should take China’s concerns seriously.
Mr. Suga told Mr. Biden that he had promised to move Japan’s Summer Olympics forward and that Mr. Biden provided support.
“This summer, I told the president that I was determined to make the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics a symbol of global unity,” Suga said.
Biden will meet with Australia, India, Japan (a group called Quad) and South Korea to counter both China and long-standing US enemies at the May Suga Conference and another planned summit with South Korea. North Korea wants to revitalize joint efforts.
Given Japan’s economic relationship with South Korea’s China, and the current cold relationship between Seoul and Tokyo, it needs to be delicately balanced.
By emphasizing Japan’s key position, it could boost Kan ahead of this year’s elections, but some politicians say Beijing to increase maritime activity in the East China Sea and South China Sea, and near Taiwan. We are looking for a stricter attitude towards.
The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada have imposed sanctions on Chinese authorities for the treatment of Uighurs in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, and some Japanese lawmakers say the same in Tokyo, even if Japanese executives are worried. About China’s backlash, which said it should adopt its own legislation to allow it.
China has denied human rights abuses, but Washington states that Beijing is genocide in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
By David Brunnstrom and Trevor Hunnicutt