Biden-Fumio Kishida 1st Formal Talks China Touches on Nuclear Weapons

Washington — Friday President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida used their first formal meeting to discuss concerns about the growing military aggression of the Chinese administration, which is spurring heightened anxiety in the Pacific. ..

Fumio Kishida said the two leaders spent “a significant amount” of the 80-minute call on issues surrounding China, including sharing concerns about the growing invasion of the Chinese Communist Party’s government into Taiwan.

The Chinese government claims that Taiwan is a de facto independent country, with its own military power, democratically elected government, and constitution, but self-governing Taiwan as its own territory. .. In recent months, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has stepped up military exercises near Taiwan and frequently dispatches military aircraft near the island’s airspace.

Biden and Kishida also discussed the situation in Hong Kong and China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Byden has repeatedly called on Beijing for the oppression of democracy activists in Hong Kong and forced labor practices targeting Uighur Muslims in China and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

“President Biden and I were able to exchange opinions very calmly, quietly and openly on how Japan and the United States cooperate and lead the international community. This is a further part of the Japan-US alliance. I believe it will lead to strengthening, Kishida said after the meeting.

According to a reading from the White House, leaders have also launched a new “2 plus 2” dialogue between the two countries focused on addressing economic issues, from supply chain challenges to investment in key technologies. We talked about opportunities to strengthen economic relations. Further cooperation on trade issues. Japan also expressed its support for the Indo-Pacific economic framework proposed by the Biden administration and promised to work to build support for the initiative in the region.

Biden also accepted Fumio Kishida’s invitation to come to Japan for an official visit later this spring and attend this year’s Quad Summit among leaders from Japan, the United States, Australia and India.

Japan remains concerned about the CCP’s intentions in the South China Sea, which has been strengthening its military presence in recent years, and in the East China Sea, where there is long-standing controversy over the groups of uninhabited islands that Tokyo manages but claims. According to Beijing.

Chinese Navy
An aerial photograph taken on January 2, 2017, of the Chinese Navy’s formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaoning (C) during military training in the South China Sea. (STR / AFP via Getty Images)

After the meeting, Mr. Kishida expressed his determination to significantly strengthen Japan’s defense capabilities, and Biden talked about the U.S. commitment to comply with the 1960 Japan-US Security Treaty, targeting Japan-controlled conflict islands in the Senkaku Islands. It was revealed that it was. The Chinese government is called fishing fish.

Deputy Prime Minister Fumio Kishida then said he would consider “all options, including the acquisition of preemptive strike capability,” and explained Japan’s commitment to strengthening its military capabilities.

A virtual conference was held earlier this week as North Korea suggested that it could resume testing nuclear and long-range missiles that had been suspended for more than three years.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un will preside over the Workers’ Party of Korea’s Politburo meeting on Thursday, and authorities will “immediately strengthen” military power to counter what the Americans call “hostile movements,” according to the Korean Central News Agency. Set policy goals for. agency.

Biden executives allow anonymous and free talk about personal conversations, and the president reveals in a call for the United States to work closely with South Korea and Japan in the next step to discourage further provocations by North Korea. Said that he did. The administration may announce more about these steps in the coming days.

The two leaders discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing efforts in the brewing crisis in Eastern Europe, where Russia gathered about 100,000 troops near the border with Ukraine. Biden said earlier this week that he believed that Russian President Vladimir Putin could order a further invasion of Ukrainian territory, but did not think Putin wanted a full-scale war.

Mr. Kishida from Hiroshima, who was born in Hiroshima when the United States dropped an atomic bomb at the end of World War II, also said he had expressed concern to Byden about the idea of ​​achieving nuclear security and a “world without nuclear weapons.”

Biden and top aides have sought to mobilize the support of NATO partners and other allies to respond with strict sanctions against Russia if Russia pursues military action. Fumio Kishida has expressed support for Biden’s efforts to deter Russia, according to senior government officials, and Japan is completely behind the United States and others to take strong action to respond to potential attacks. It has revealed that it will continue to coordinate with its allies.

On Thursday, Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and his Japanese counterpart Takeo Akiba gave a strong and united signal to North Korea, China and Moscow in preparation for a leader’s call. He made his own call to discuss “the importance of solidarity in sending.” According to the White House, the reaction that would result from an attack on Ukraine. “

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also held a virtual meeting with Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi earlier this month to discuss China’s military operations and North Korea’s nuclear program.

Friday’s virtual meeting was the first substantive exchange between leaders since Fumio Kishida took office in October. Leaders had a brief conversation about the bystanders of the Climate Summit in Glasgow in November. Biden was the first leader to call Kishida and took office on his first full day morning.

Biden, who has been trying to put more effort into the Indo-Pacific, has a warm relationship with Japan’s last Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, and hopes to have a similar relationship with Kishida.

Kishida said in early 2022 he invited Biden to Japan for a face-to-face meeting with the Pacific Alliance Quad, which includes Australia and India. The Prime Minister said Biden supported the idea.

Associated Press