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Biden, Suga joined hands to counter China, work for Taiwan Strait’s stability

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Biden-Sugo meet is their first face-to-face meeting since Biden took office in January as US moves forward with the legacy of sanctioning China and Russia to maintain and retain the status of world power.

Washington: To counter increasingly assertive China in the region, US President Joe Biden on Friday presented a united front with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga while announcing to work together for the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait.

“Today, Prime Minister Suga and I affirmed our iron-clad support for the US-Japanese alliance and for our shared security. We committed to working together to take on the challenges from China and on issues like the East China Sea, the South China Sea as well as North Korea to ensure the future of our free and open Indo-Pacific,” Biden said.

“Today, Prime Minister Suga and I affirmed our iron-clad support for the US-Japanese alliance and for our shared security. We committed to working together to take on the challenges from China and on issues like the East China Sea, the South China Sea as well as North Korea to ensure the future of our free and open Indo-Pacific,” Biden told a joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden, calling the discussions “productive.”

Biden-Sugo meet is their first face-to-face meeting since Biden took office in January as US moves forward with the legacy of sanctioning China and Russia to maintain and retain the status of world power.

The two leaders addressed an array of geopolitical issues, including Taiwan, with Suga saying they reaffirmed “the importance of peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,”Japanese PM said.

“Our commitment to meet in person is indicative of the importance and value we place on this relationship between Japan and the United States,” Biden added.

Biden said that Japan and the United States are two strong democracies in the region and we are committed to defending and advancing our shared values and including human rights and rule of law.

“Today, we are announcing a new competitive and reliance partnership (CORE) between Japan and the United States that will enhance our ability to meet the pressing challenges of time. Together meet those challenges,” he added.

The United States and Japan will increase cooperation on 5G telecommunications, supply chains for semiconductors, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence, Biden said.

“We’re going to work together across a range of fields, from promoting secure and reliable 5G networks, to increasing our cooperation on supply chains for critical sectors like semiconductors, to driving joint research in areas like AI, genomics, quantum computing and much more,” Biden added.

“We also discussed free and open Indo-Pacific. We agreed that Japan and the US will take the lead to promote the vision through concrete efforts. We will also cooperate with other countries in the region including the ASEAN, Australia and India,” Suga said at a joint press conference after holding a meeting with US President Joe Biden.

“We also had serious talks about China’s influence on the peace and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific and the world at large. We agreed to oppose any attempt to change the status quo by force or coercion in the East and the South China Seas and intimidation of others in the region,” he added.

“As we engaged in an exchange of views over the regional situation, we also discussed the circumstances in Taiwan and Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous.”

“There’s already an agreed recognition over the importance of peace and stability of Taiwan Strait between Japan and the United States, which was reaffirmed on this occasion,” he added.

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