US, Japan leaders present united front against China

Biden to use meeting with Japan's prime minister to send 'clear signal' to China

President Joe Biden plans to use his meeting with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday to send a signal to China that the countries are united in their opposition to recent aggression against Taiwan as the USA seeks to refocus its foreign policy in East Asia.

"The worldwide order is being challenged in various ways, so we hope to continue having specific discussions on the ways that Japan and the USA can take initiative in realizing our shared vision", he added. "We're going to work together to prove that democracies can still compete and win in the 21st century". This was before both countries normalized diplomatic ties with China in the 1970s.

The comment comes amid Beijing's increased military pressure on the self-ruled island that is claimed as a province by the government of mainland China. China has also come under scrutiny for its human rights record, including its involvement in the military coup in Myanmar and its treatment of Uighur Muslims.

The Chinese Communist Party-affiliated Global Times newspaper also attacked the Japan-U.S. statement in an editorial, saying it is time for the two countries to behave in a "responsible manner".

This is the first time leaders of Japan and the United States have referred to Taiwan in a joint statement in more than 50 years.

With Japan recently seeing a sharp increase in coronavirus cases in Tokyo and Osaka, a senior ruling party lawmaker created a stir with his remarks Thursday suggesting that canceling the Olympics could be an option if the surge in infections continues.

"Japan and the United States are both deeply invested in innovation and looking to the future", Biden said. "He won the Masters", Biden said.

Biden, who took office in January, has focused on reviving the alliance, as well as U.S. involvement in multilateral institutions, which were often criticized or shunned by former U.S. President Donald Trump.

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The official added that Biden and Suga are expected to bolster efforts with the other Quad countries, Australia and India, as well as South Korea, in order to counter China's influence in the region, and will announce plans for their next meeting on Friday.

"It does not look exactly like the typical bilateral meetings that you have attended in the past and we look forward to returning to normal on many fronts but certainly this one as well", Psaki said.

"It seems the sole aim for the USA and Japan to reinforce their decades-old alliance under the new US administration is to redirect it against China, a signal the two countries should have avoided to send as it brims with a Cold War mentality and ideological bias", the paper wrote.

Biden is scheduled to hold his first face-to-face talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the second half of next month. "So today, we're announcing a new competitive and reliance partnership corps between Japan and the United States that will enhance our ability, enhance our ability to meet the pressing challenges of our time, together beat those challenges", Biden said.

The document says Suga and Biden shared their concerns over Chinese activities that are inconsistent with the worldwide rules-based order.

Suga also called for peace and stability in Taiwan, and urged China - whose disputed claim to Taiwan is a potential flashpoint in the region and with the United States - to peacefully resolve the dispute.

During the joint press conference, Biden was asked about whether he would reprioritize action on guns after yet another mass shooting in Indianapolis, just a few weeks after shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colo.

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