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Biden-Kishida Holds First Summit

U.S. President Joe Biden (right) holds a summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House in Washington on the 21st. Washington = Associated Press

The United States and Japan held a video summit on the 21st (local time) and condemned North Korea’s recent series of ballistic missile tests. He also expressed his intention to closely coordinate with Korea. The leaders of the United States and Japan also mentioned the South China Sea, the Taiwan Strait, Xinjiang and Hong Kong, and emphasized cooperation in China’s response.

US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held a videoconference-type summit for 1 hour and 20 minutes on the same day. This is the first US-Japan summit since Kishida took office last October. Prime Minister Kishida had planned to visit the United States earlier this month to hold a face-to-face summit, but due to the spread of COVID-19, the format was changed to a video conference.

White House: U.S. and Japanese leaders condemn North Korea’s ballistic missile launch

In a press release released after the meeting, the White House said, “The two leaders condemned North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launch in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. We have promised to maintain close coordination on the matter.”

North Korea has conducted ballistic missile test-fires four times since the beginning of the year, and has also announced that it will review the measures it has maintained since April 2018 to suspend nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests. In response, the US State Department and the White House have condemned North Korea’s missile provocations and called for dialogue. It is the first time that President Biden has expressed his position on North Korea after North Korea’s missile provocation.

A press release released by the White House also stated that “President Biden supports an immediate resolution of the abduction issue.”

The White House also emphasized the importance of trilateral cooperation between the US and Japan. The White House said, “President Biden and Prime Minister Kishida confirmed the importance of close cooperation between South Korea, the United States, and Japan to solve a common challenge.” did. At the US-Japan summit, the importance of cooperation with South Korea was emphasized on several unusual occasions.

Cooperation in response to China was also included in the data. The White House said, “The two leaders agreed to confront China’s attempts to change the status quo in the East and South China Seas and emphasized the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the importance of peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues.” “We shared concerns about China’s practices in Xinjiang and Hong Kong,” he added.

The two leaders also emphasized the importance of the ‘Quad’ as ‘an important forum for promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region’.

The leaders of the United States and Japan also agreed to work closely together to deter a Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Prime Minister Kishida is committed to continuing close cooperation with the United States, other allies and allies, and the international community to take strong action against any attack,” the White House said.

The leaders of the United States and Japan also agreed to establish a “2+2 Economic Policy Council” in which the foreign and economic ministers of the two countries participate.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (right) holds a summit meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden in a videoconference format at the Prime Minister’s residence in Tokyo on the 21st. Tokyo = AP Yonhap News

Kishida “Connected to strengthening the new US-Japan alliance”

Prime Minister Kishida also told reporters after the meeting that “the two countries agreed to closely cooperate on various issues surrounding China, including the East China Sea, South China Sea, Hong Kong and Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and North Korea’s nuclear and missile issues.”

He said that the leaders of the United States and Japan had agreed to establish an ‘Economic Edition 2+2 Meeting’ in which the foreign and economic ministers of the two countries participated to discuss economic cooperation. In this regard, Kyodo News explained, “The purpose is to deepen U.S.-Japan economic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific with China in mind, which is expanding its influence through support for developing countries.” Economic and security policies aimed at China, such as strengthening supply chains such as semiconductors and restrictions on export of high-tech technologies, are also expected to be discussed.

Prime Minister Kishida also proposed holding a ‘quad’ summit in Japan in the first half of this year with the participation of the US and Japan, Australia, and India, and President Biden said in favor of the proposal. When the Quad Summit takes place in Japan, it will be Biden’s first visit to Japan.

Prime Minister Kishida expressed his intention to fundamentally strengthen defense capabilities by revising the national security strategy, and President Biden applied Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty, which stipulates defense obligations to Japan, to the Senkaku Islands (Chinese: Diaoyu Islands) in Okinawa Prefecture. promised again that

Prime Minister Kishida, a native of Hiroshima, the atomic bombing site, announced that they had agreed to work together to realize the ‘nuclear-free world’ that he advocated. They also exchanged views on the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) response and the dire situation in Ukraine. He said, “We were able to have an honest discussion about how the two countries will cooperate to lead the international community,” he said.

Washington = Jeong-won Jeong correspondent

Tokyo = Jinju Choi correspondent

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