Within the first in-person assembly on the White Home since President Biden entered workplace, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga mentioned the 2 leaders mentioned the “extreme safety setting” and Folks’s Republic of China’s (PRC) actions within the Indo-Pacific area.
The 2 nation’s addressed not solely China’s elevated navy involvement within the South China Sea and safety measures the PRC is utilizing to strain Taiwan, but additionally human proper abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
“The U.S. and Japan are literally ganging as much as type cliques and fanning bloc confrontation,” the Overseas Ministry mentioned in a assertion Saturday. “This anachronistic transfer runs counter to the aspiration for peace, growth and cooperation shared by the overwhelming majority of nations within the area and past.”
Tensions between China and the U.S. have been on the rise following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, however Japan has had their very own qualms with their Pacific neighbor.
In a press release following the bilateral talks, Japan and the U.S. expressed their concern concerning China’s navy involvement across the Senkaku Islands within the East China Sea.
The islands, also called Diaoyu Dao, are uninhabited and administered by Japan, however claimed by China.
“Taiwan and Diaoyu Dao are each Chinese language territory. Points referring to Hong Kong and Xinjiang are purely China’s inside affairs,” the Overseas Ministry mentioned. “China has indeniable sovereignty over islands within the South China Sea and waters round them.”
The U.S.-Japan assembly got here simply days after 22 Chinese language plane flew into Taiwan’s air protection identification zone, together with fighter jets and nuclear-capable bombers.
The U.S. Navy has in flip elevated their presence within the Taiwan Strait and Biden mentioned the U.S. together with Japan, are “dedicated to working collectively to tackle the challenges from China.”