Biden-Kishida talks focus on North Korea and China

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FILE – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a press conference at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan, October 4, 2021. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will hold their first official talks on Friday as the two leaders face new concerns over North Korea’s nuclear program and China’s growing military assertiveness. (Toru Hanai/Pool Photo via AP, File)

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President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will hold their first official talks on Friday as the two leaders face new concerns over North Korea’s nuclear program and China’s growing military assertiveness.

The virtual meeting comes after North Korea suggested earlier this week that it could resume nuclear and long-range missile testing that has been halted for more than three years.

On Thursday, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un chaired a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party Politburo, where officials set political goals to “immediately boost” military capabilities to counter what have been described as the “moving hostile” to Americans, according to the Korean Central News. Agency.

The United States and Japan are also concerned about China’s growing aggression towards Taiwan. China claims self-governing Taiwan as its own territory, to be annexed by force if necessary. In recent months, it has stepped up military exercises near the island, frequently sending warplanes near Taiwan’s airspace.

Japan remains concerned about China’s intentions in the South China Sea, where it has strengthened its military presence in recent years, and in the East China Sea, where there is a long-standing dispute over a group of uninhabited islets administered by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing.

White House officials said the two leaders were also expected to discuss ongoing efforts amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the brewing crisis in Eastern Europe, where Russia has amassed some 100,000 troops near from its border with Ukraine. Biden said earlier this week that he thought Russian President Vladimir Putin was likely to order another invasion of Ukrainian territory, but he didn’t think Putin wanted all-out war.

Biden and his top aides have sought to rally support from NATO partners and other allies to respond with tough sanctions on Russia if it continues its military action.

On Thursday, in preparation for the leaders’ call, Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, and his Japanese counterpart, Akiba Takeo, held their own call to discuss North Korea, China and ” the importance of solidarity to signal to Moscow the strong and united response that would result from any attack” on Ukraine, according to the White House.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also held virtual talks earlier this month with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, where the military maneuvers of China and North Korea’s nuclear program were discussed.

Friday’s virtual meeting will be the first substantial exchange between the leaders since Kishida took office in October. The leaders had a brief chat on the sidelines of a climate summit in Glasgow in November. Biden was the first leader to call Kishida, on the morning of his first full day in office.

Biden, who has sought to put more emphasis on the Indo-Pacific amid China’s rise as a global power, had forged a warm relationship with Japan’s last prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, and hopes form a similar relationship with Kishida.

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