US, Japan “faces a critical juncture,” says the new US ambassador


The newly appointed US Ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, advertised the Japan-US alliance on Monday, saying the two countries would be “not ashamed” of any challenges or enemies that would undermine democratic value.

Emmanuel, who arrived in Tokyo with his wife on Sunday, greeted the Japanese through a video message. release On Monday with his Twitter account.

“We are facing a major turning point, but our country can unite in our common values, common interests, and common goals to face common challenges. You can, “he said.

“This work, our work determines the fate of a democratic example.”

Described the US-Japan alliance as “a light of infinite possibilities and promises,” Emmanuel said the partnership has promoted peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region for over 60 years.

“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. “

His remarks were made last week after President Joe Biden’s virtual talks with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Meanwhile, the two leaders vowed to “push back” to China’s attempts to change the status quo of the South China Sea and the East China Sea.

China has built a military presence in the South China Sea and has made numerous invasions of the East China Sea, where the Senkaku Islands are located. Japan has mainly ruled the War Horn Islands since 1895, but Beijing began claiming the rights of the islands in the 1970s, calling them the Diaoyu Islands.

The White House said Biden “used its full potential to confirm the United States’ unwavering commitment to Japan’s defense,” including the application of the 1960 US-Japan Security Treaty.

The two leaders discussed the heightened tensions caused by Russia’s gathering of tens of thousands of troops along the Ukrainian border. Fumio Kishida promised that his country would be “completely behind the United States” by taking strong actions in response to the attack.

They also denounced North Korea’s recent missile launch as a violation of a UN Security Council resolution and promised to maintain close coordination on this issue, including South Korea.

Emmanuel, 62, was a former member of the House of Representatives and was the first White House Chief of Staff when President Barack Obama was President and Biden was Vice President. He also served as Mayor of Chicago from 2011 to 2019.

He took office as US Ambassador to Japan on December 22, 2019, filling the vacant seats left to run for the Senate with the resignation of William Hagerty in July 2019.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.