Biden “Strongly Backs Defense Pledge”… Kishida “Work Strategy Contributes to Strengthening Deterrence”

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The President of the United States, Joe Biden, reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to the defense of Japan in a summit with the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida.

President Biden said at the US-Japan summit held at the White House in Washington DC on the 13th local time that the United States strongly supports the defense commitment to Japan.

President Biden said, “I completely agree,” referring to Prime Minister Kishida’s comments to him during his visit to Japan in May last year that ‘both countries share fundamental values’.

President Biden added that he hopes to discuss ways to continue promoting the common goals and values ​​of the two countries at the meeting, adding, “I don’t believe that the two countries have ever been closer than now.

The United States is fully and thoroughly committed to the alliance.”

In response, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his gratitude for President Biden’s hospitality and efforts for regional security.

Prime Minister Kishida said that the new defense strategy recently adopted by Japan will contribute to strengthening deterrence with the United States, saying that the United States and Japan are facing a challenging and complex security environment.

At the end of last year, the Japanese government discussed missile threats from neighboring countries such as China and North Korea, and decided to have counterattack capabilities that can hit the enemy’s missile bases by revising the security strategy document, and doubling defense costs by 2027. . I did it.

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