Biden tells Japanese prime minister that the US is completely committed to the defense of Japan
Biden tells Japanese prime minister that the US is ‘completely committed’ to the defense of Japan, amid rising Chinese threat
- Joe Biden welcomed Japanese PM Fumio Kishida to the White House on Friday
- He said the US was ‘completely committed’ to the defense of Japan
- It comes as China continues to flex its muscles in the Indo-Pacific region
- Beijing held armed drills around the island of Taiwan at the start of the week
U.S. President Joe Biden told Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that the United States strongly supports the defense of Japan as he welcomed him to the White House on Friday.
In their Oval Office meeting, Biden also thanked Kishida for his leadership on technology and economic issues.
‘Let me be crystal clear, the United States is fully thoroughly, completely committed to the alliance,’ he said. ‘And more importantly to Japan’s defense … the defense of Japan.’
Their meeting comes amid escalating tensions with China over the status of Taiwan and after Japan announced plans last month to raise defense spending to 2 percent of gross domestic product, a marked change in course for a nation that adopted a pacifist approach after World War II.
U.S. President Joe Biden welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House on Friday and told him that the United States strongly supports the defense of Japan
In their meeting, Biden also thanked Kishida for his leadership on technology and economic issues, while the Japanese prime minister spoke about his increased defense spending
‘Today I’m looking forward to how we can continue advancing our shared goals and values, including the G7 summit in Japan and AIPAC in San Francisco later this year,’ said Biden.
The two administrations were also ready to seal an agreement to bolster U.S.-Japanese cooperation.
For his part, Kishida thanked his host and explained why he had upped his nation’s defense spending.
‘Japan and the United States are currently facing the most challenging and complex security environment in recent history,’ said Kishida.
‘And in order to ensure peace and prosperity in the region, and to contribute to that and also safeguard peace and security of Japan. In late last year, Japan formulated a new national security strategy.’
He added that the two would also be discussing how to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific, at a time when China continues to flex its muscles.
Its armed forces launched large-scale joint combat strike drills at the start of the week, sending war planes and navy vessels towards Taiwan on Sunday.
A Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies in an undisclosed location (file photo). The Chinese military held large-scale joint combat strike drills starting Sunday, January 9, 2023, sending war planes and navy vessels towards Taiwan, both the Chinese and Taiwanese defense ministries said
A map of the activity between 6 a.m. on Sunday and 6 a.m. on Monday
Over the course of 24 hours, between 6 a.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday, China’s People’s Liberation Army flew 57 warplanes and four ships towards Taiwan, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said in a statement Monday morning.
Twenty-eight of those planes crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, an unofficial boundary that both sides had previously stood by.
China said the drills’ ‘primary target was to practice land-strikes and sea assaults,’ according to a statement from Shi Yi, a spokesperson for the PLA’s Eastern Theater Command.
Days earlier, the U.S. Navy sent a destroyer sailing through the sensitive Taiwan Strait in a show of force.
In a statement, the US military said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Chung-Hoon carried out the transit.
‘Chung-Hoon’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,’ the statement added.
It said the entire operation was performed in compliance with international laws.
In a statement, the US military said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Chung-Hoon carried out the transit of the Taiwan Strait (file photograph)
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