The President of the United States, Joe Biden, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, held a video conference meeting this Friday, where both leaders agreed that the alliance between the two countries is “more necessary than ever.” , before China attempts to “change the status quo” in the Pacific.
Both also shared “concerns” about China’s practices in Xinjiang, where the authorities have been accused of repressing the Uyghur minority, and in Hong Kong, where the Chinese government has also criticized its initiatives to undermine the territory’s judicial independence and prosecute dissidents would .
Biden has also welcomed “with satisfaction” the prime minister’s decision to increase defense spending, stressing the importance of maintaining these vital long-term investments.
Finally, and referring to the current crisis in Ukraine, both leaders pledged to “work closely together to deter Russian aggression” in the face of the build-up of their troops on the border and condemned the recent launching of ballistic missiles by North Korea, “which against the resolutions violate the United Nations Security Council”.
The meeting came nearly two weeks after the two countries reached agreement on a new program through which they will work together to address “emerging defense-related issues,” just two days after North Korea launched a hypersonic missile into the waters of the sea Japan – known in Korea as the East Sea –.