U.S. President Joe Biden received Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Sugu as the first foreign leader of the White House. He emphasized that Tokyo plays a key role in U.S. efforts against China.
Biden hosted Suga at the one-day summit, which provided an opportunity for the Democratic president to fulfill his promise to rebuild the American coalition that had weakened in front of his predecessor, Donald Trump.
The theme of the conference is China, and it is expected that both parties will work to diversify the supply chain to reduce dependence on Beijing. A well-known American official said that Japan has pledged to cooperate with the United States to design a $2 billion product to replace the 5G network of the Chinese company Huawei.
Biden and Sujia will also discuss human rights issues related to China at the summit, including the status of Hong Kong and Uighurs in Xinjiang.
This Biden meeting is Biden’s first on-site meeting with a foreign leader since he took over from the White House, and it is expected to lead to an official statement on Taiwan. Taiwan is an island country owned by China and comes from increasing military pressure from the most populous country in the world.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that Biden and Sujia will review Beijing’s increasingly aggressive actions against Taiwan.
This will be the first joint statement made by Japanese Americans to the country since 1969. But some people predict that this is not entirely in line with Washington’s preferences, because Suga has inherited a policy aimed at finding a balance between security issues and the economic relationship between Tokyo and Beijing.
The Prime Minister of Japan had previously met with Vice President Kamal Harris, and after meeting with Biden’s Oval Office, the leaders of the two countries will hold a joint press conference.