Japan promises to help the U.S. deal with China’s “coercion”
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the US and Japan He would “oppose” coercion or force in the South and East China Seas, following his summit with Joe Biden on his usual distractions about China.
Speaking with the US President at the White House on Friday, Suck he said the two leaders had “serious” discussions about China and the “serious security environment” in the Indo-Pacific region.
“We decided to oppose attempts to change the status quo by force or coercion in the East and South China Seas and the fear of others in the region,” Suga said.
The US and Japan are concerned about military activities taking place near Taiwan in the South China Sea. They are also concerned about Chinese actions Senkaku Islands In the East China Sea, which Tokyo manages but which Beijing claims to be called Diaoyu.
Suga said the leaders also stressed the importance of peace in the Taiwan Strait, a language that has highlighted growing concern in the U.S. and Japan. Rising Chinese military activity around the island.
He said the two leaders had “confirmed” the latest statement by the top defense and foreign policy makers in Tokyo on “the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”
Michael Green, a Japanese expert at the Center for International and Strategic Research in Washington, said Sugak’s comments in Taiwan have been the most important claims of a Japanese leader since the U.S. and Japan both shifted China’s diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in the 1970s.
“The Taiwan issue has been much more gestured since 1969 than at a US-Japan summit,” he said of the summit with Prime Minister Richard Nixon Eisaku Sato.
Green added that Suga’s statement against the unilateral efforts to change the situation reflects a phrase the US has used since the George W Bush administration around Taiwan.
At the press conference, Biden said the US and Japan are “committed to working together to take on challenges from China,” including the East and South China Seas.
Earlier this week, the Chinese Air Force took 25 aircraft, bombers and surveillance aircraft to the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Area.
Japan is becoming more and more concerned Taiwan any conflict between the US and China over the island would arise in Tokyo due to a mutual defense pact with Washington.
A senior U.S. official recently told the Financial Times that Washington was concerned that China was flirting with the idea of invading Taiwan, which Beijing claims is part of its sovereign territory.
In addition to the comments made by Suga at the press conference, the leaders reiterated their concern in a joint statement released after the summit, which is the first language to be included here since the Nixon-Sator meeting.
In the statement, the leaders said they shared “serious concerns about human rights situations” in Hong Kong, where China has repressed the pro-democracy movement, as well as in the northwestern province of Xinjiang.
The White House pushed Suga Voice support in Taiwan before the summit, but whether Japanese officials should agree to mention the island during a visit to the U.S. that was distributed. Some argued that the recent statement in Tokyo sent a strong enough signal to China, while others argued that Japan should show a united front with the US.
Suga was the first foreign leader to visit Biden since entering the White House in January, stressing the importance the US attaches to its relations with Japan as part of its broad strategy to deal with China.
Ahead of the summit, China warned Japan not to get involved in the “confrontation” between Washington and Beijing.
In addition to looking to China, Saga said he will make every effort to strengthen Tokyo’s defense capability and strengthen US-Japan deterrence.
“China has made a massive military accumulation in the Japanese garden – while Japan’s territory is becoming more and more threatening. However, Japan’s defense budget has remained low at 1 percent of gross domestic product,” said Jennifer Lind, of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Asia security experts. “The dangers posed by China mean that Japan needs to do more. And Suga’s statement suggests that this will be the case.”
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