Biden-Suga Meetings At White House Set To Focus On China
Biden-Suga Meetings At White House Set To Focus On China
Biden, Japan's PM focus on China, North Korea in first bilateral meeting
17 April, 2021, 11:40
"Both leaders expressed their pride in the U.S. and Japanese athletes who have trained for these Games and will be competing in the best traditions of the Olympic spirit", the statement said.
"We're going to work together to prove that democracies can still compete and win in the 21st century, we can deliver for our people in the face of a rapidly changing world", he added.
Biden did not mention Taiwan by name amid concerns from global watchdogs that China may take military action against the island.
Biden, who took office in January, has focused on reviving the alliance, as well as U.S. involvement in multilateral institutions, which were often criticized or shunned by former U.S. President Donald Trump.
Japan and the United States, he said, are both deeply invested in innovation and looking to the future.
The Biden administration may also have tougher requests of Japan, including pressing Suga for a rare public statement of support from a Japanese leader for Taiwan. There is no other time than today that the Japan-US alliance needs to be strong.
It's unclear how prominent China's human rights record was in the two leaders' talks.
While Biden has held virtual meetings with world leaders, including bilateral engagements with the Canadian prime minister and Mexican president, during the coronaviruspandemic, he had yet to host foreign officials at the White House until Friday.
Biden said they agreed to enhance their support for global vaccination efforts through the ACT accelerator and COVID-19 facility.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki noted at a press briefing that the officials would not share a meal, which would be normal tradition, and that officials would distance from one another during their meetings in order to ensure safety during the ongoing pandemic.
"As you know, Mr Prime Minister, you and I met just about a month ago during the Quad summit which was a meeting with the United States with our allies Japan, with Australia and with India where we had extensive conversations about the collaborations and the friendship around some of the biggest challenges facing our world", Harris said.
"It seems the sole aim for the USA and Japan to reinforce their decades-old alliance under the new US administration is to redirect it against China, a signal the two countries should have avoided to send as it brims with a Cold War mentality and ideological bias", the paper wrote.
Biden's early meeting with Suga, as well as his planned get-together next month with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, another important Pacific Rim ally, reflect the administration's effort to bolster the United States' alliances with both countries as a way of countering China's rising economic and military ambitions, as well as deterring nuclear-armed North Korea.
"There is no substitution for face-to-face discussions", Biden said.
"The United States is Japan's best friend", Suga said in prepared remarks.
"We also had serious talks about China's influence on the peace and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific and the world at large".
The document says Suga and Biden shared their concerns over Chinese activities that are inconsistent with the worldwide rules-based order.
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