Biden hosts Suga in Washington. AFP
Gulf Today Report
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday met with President Joe Biden in the White House, he is the first foreign leader to visit the White House since Biden’s inauguration.
The one-day summit is expected to yield steps diversifying supply chains seen as over-reliant on China and a $2 billion commitment from Japan to work with the United States on alternatives to the 5G network of Chinese firm Huawei, a senior US official said.
Biden and Suga would also be discussing human rights issues related to China.
It is also expected that the summit would lead to a formal statement on Taiwan, a Chinese-claimed, self-ruled island under increasing military pressure from Beijing.
With his first in-person summit with Suga, and another planned with South Korea in May, Biden is working to focus on the Indo-Pacific to manage China’s rising power, which he sees as the critical foreign policy issue of the era.
The meeting is also likely to touch on China’s escalating assertiveness in the East and South China seas, which have become a growing concern for Tokyo and Washington.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that he wanted to work with President-elect Joe Biden to strengthen the Japan-US alliance and to secure peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
Suga, speaking at a symposium, also said Japan was preparing to implement thorough coronavirus prevention measures for the Summer Olympics next year.
He meets new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol in Seoul and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo, leaders who share anxieties about North Korea and China and are eager to build on their long alliances with Washington.
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