Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that after Fumio Kishida first met with the US Ambassador to Japan, he would work closely with the United States to counter the regional threats posed by China and North Korea.
In a meeting with the newly appointed Ambassador Rahm Emanuel, the two officials reportedly discussed China’s growing military claims in the region and North Korea’s latest missile tests.
Fumio Kishida was confident in Emanuel’s ability to strengthen the partnership between the two countries and called the embassy “an ironclad warship of the Japan-US alliance.”
“I promised the Prime Minister to work wholeheartedly every day for the ideals of the alliance,” Emmanuel told reporters after the meeting.
Walking to @ Kantei Meet Prime Minister Kishida and Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno. We have traveled miles for years, but Japan and the United States will travel together for more miles as we walk together as an ally. pic.twitter.com/x1rkwIMVol
— Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel (@USAmbJapan) February 4, 2022
Before meeting Kishida, the new envoy met with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Tuesday. reconfirmation “The United States is working with Japan as a full ally to counter the challenges and is committed to achieving a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
Emmanuel previously said that the two countries are facing a “significant turning point”, emphasizing their ability to face “common challenges” through the alliance.
“Our two nations do not keep away from challenging and weakening enemies. [democratic] value. The partnership over the next three years will determine the attitude of the United States and Japan over the next 30 years. “
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will attend a quad ministerial meeting in Australia next week to discuss the security environment in cooperation to combat “economic coercion” (Australia, Australia). We are planning to meet with (Japan, India). Pandemic.
State Department statement Blinken also aims to hold a bilateral meeting with Japan’s Foreign Minister to strengthen Washington’s “ironclad alliance” with Japan.
Brinken also traveled to Fiji to discuss regional cooperation and Hawaii, where he three countries with his counterparts from Japan and South Korea to tackle global challenges and “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” He said he would host an inter-meeting.
Japan and the United States have vowed to oppose China’s attempts to change the status quo of the South China Sea and the East China Sea.
In a virtual meeting with Fumio Kishida last month, President Joe Biden “used his full potential to confirm the United States’ unwavering commitment to the Defense of Japan,” including the application of the 1960 US-Japan Security Treaty.
Fumio Kishida also promised that if Russia attacked Ukraine, Japan would “completely lag behind the United States” for strong action.
Regarding North Korea’s recent missile tests, Biden and Kishida have condemned Pyongyang’s actions for violating UN Security Council resolutions and have promised to maintain close coordination on this issue, including South Korea.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.