Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he discussed the situation in Taiwan and the situation in China’s Xinjiang province with the US President on Friday (April 16). The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
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In fact, the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait was previously mentioned in a joint statement issued by the two countries’ Defense and Foreign Ministers on March 16.
“We … discussed the situation in Taiwan and Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region,” Prime Minister Suga speaks during a joint press conference at the White House following summit talks with Mr. Biden.
He said: “I did not mention the details as it has to do with diplomacy, but there is a consensus between Japan and the US on the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. This issue was reaffirmed on this occasion. ”
“I also explained Japan’s views and initiatives regarding the situation in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with the president. [Biden], and I think he understood my point of view. ”
Prime Minister Suga also said he and Biden agreed on the need for candid discussions with China in the context of the need to strive to protect universal values and stability in international relations.
On the North Korean side, he said the two sides agreed to emphasize that Pyongyang should comply with UN resolutions on its nuclear and missile programs.
In addition, as Reuters quoted White House leaders as saying, the two countries have agreed to work together to support efforts to cope with the global COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to promote the development of new technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, genetic engineering, and semiconductor supply chains.
“Prime Minister Suga and I affirmed our strong support for the US-Japan alliance and for the mutual security of the two countries. We are committed to working together to combat challenges from China and issues such as the East China Sea, South China Sea and Korea, to ensure the future of a free Indo-Pacific. and openly, ” Mr. Biden stressed.
On the side of Mr. Suga, the Japanese leader also affirmed: “We agree to oppose any attempt to change the status quo by force or force in the South China Sea and East China Sea, as well as to threaten other waters in the region.”
The talks between Mr. Biden and Mr. Suga marked the first face-to-face meeting of leaders of the two countries since Prime Minister Yoshihide took office in September 2020. It is also the first time Mr. Biden has received a foreign leader since taking office in January.
Minh Ngoc (Reuters)