Japan’s Kishida, Biden agree to cooperate on China, N Korea

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Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held his first talks as Japanese leader with President Joe Biden and reaffirmed that he is looking to strengthen their alliance and cooperate in regional security to meet the growing challenges of China and North Korea. will work for

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Kishida, who was elected by parliament and sworn in on Monday, told reporters that Biden reassured her of the US commitment to defend the Japanese-controlled East China Sea island of Senkaku, which China also claims and in the region. Coast Guard has increased activity.

Biden made “a strong statement about the U.S. commitment to the defense of Japan, including Senkaku,” Kishida said, adding that the two leaders also reaffirmed that they would “refer to neighboring regions such as China and North Korea.” will face the challenges we face.”


Kishida supports strong Japan-US security ties and partnerships with other like-minded democracies in Asia, Europe and the UK to counter China and nuclear-armed North Korea. Kishida has also promised to enhance Japan’s missile and naval defense capabilities.

Kishida on Monday acknowledged the need to continue talks with China, an important neighbor and trade partner, but said “we must speak up” against China’s attempt to change the status quo in the East and South China Seas.

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Kishida said the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to work together towards achieving the (asterisk) free and open Indo-Pacific vision of partnership between regional democracies.

Holding his first talks as prime minister with the US president is “the first step towards elevating the Japan-US alliance to an even higher level,” Kishida said.

The 20-minute phone conversation began on Monday with Biden congratulating Kishida on taking office. The leaders agreed to call each other by their first names, Joe and Fumio, and agreed to meet as soon as possible for their first personal talks.

Kishida, 64, was known as a moderate in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, but won the party leadership last week after taking an aggressive turn on security and a more conservative stance on gender equality and other issues, apparently over influential conservatives. To get victory. Team. He succeeds Yoshihide Suga, who resigned after only a year in office after seeing his support over his handling of the virus and insisting on holding the Olympics – seen as high-level and ignoring public concerns. Gaya.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Joe Biden

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