Premier assured that the two countries will oppose Beijing’s “any attempt” to “change status” by force
The President of USA, Joe Biden, said on Friday, 16, that the country and the Japan will face together the “challenges” brought by China. The statement was given at a press conference with the Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, the first foreign leader received by Biden in the White House. According to Biden, the two governments are committed to working together to address the challenges that Beijing brings on issues such as the East China Sea, the South China Sea and also North Korea. The prime minister assured that the two countries will oppose Beijing’s “any attempt” to “change status” by force or intimidation in the region.
Suga reaffirmed the importance of the alliance with Washington and stressed that he and Biden agreed on the need for frank discussions with China in the context of Beijing’s activities in the Indo-Pacific region. Biden took advantage of the meeting to announce that the United States and Japan will invest together in areas such as 5G, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, genomics and semiconductor supply chains. Despite signs of cooperation, the summit ended without the expected joint declaration on Taiwan, Japan’s main focus of concern on the fragile balance of economic and political forces with the Chinese.
* With information from reporter Caterina Achutti