Biden and Japan’s Kishida Establish a Fresh Alliance, Focusing on China and Russia


U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida have outlined plans for increased military collaboration and joint projects, including in missile technology and space exploration. Their meeting at the White House focused on addressing global challenges posed by China and Russia, among other issues.

During a joint news conference, Biden and Kishida addressed various international tensions, such as those in Gaza, Israel, Ukraine, and North Korea. They downplayed a recent dispute over Nippon Steel’s bid for U.S. Steel, emphasizing the significance of their discussions on strengthening their alliance.

Both leaders highlighted the need to counter China’s assertive actions in the Indo-Pacific region, particularly in the South China Sea and East China Sea, and reaffirmed their commitment to supporting Taiwan’s autonomy. They condemned any unilateral attempts to alter the status quo through force or coercion.

Biden emphasized the defensive nature of the U.S.-Japan alliance and reiterated his commitment to maintaining open communication with China. The leaders announced several agreements, including joint military cooperation and Japan’s participation in NASA’s moon missions.

The meeting marked a significant step in the collaboration between the former World War Two adversaries, with agreements covering defense cooperation and upgrades to military command structures in Japan.

Kishida will address the U.S. Congress and participate in a trilateral summit with Biden and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to address regional security concerns, including China’s actions in the South China Sea.

The visit coincides with China’s increasing pressure on the Philippines in the South China Sea, prompting Biden to bolster ties with Japan and the Philippines to counter Chinese influence.

Despite the diplomatic efforts, concerns persist over the planned acquisition of U.S. Steel by Nippon Steel, with Biden reaffirming his support for American workers. There are also apprehensions about potential disruptions to regional stability if former President Donald Trump were to win a second term and pursue deals with China.

Overall, the meeting underscores the growing importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance in addressing regional and global challenges, while also highlighting the complexities of balancing economic interests and security considerations.


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