US, Japan Pressure Campaign Against China

AFP | MANDEL NGAN

On April 16, 2021, President Joe Biden welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as President Biden’s first ever face-to-face bilateral meeting with a foreign leader. This meeting between the United States and Japan, an alliance since 1960, presented a strong message against the People’s Republic of China and its ruling political party, the Chinese Communist Party. After welcoming Prime Minister Suga to the White House, three meetings were held: one-on-on lunch between President Biden and Prime Minister Suga along with their translators, a mid-size meeting with top officials, and an extended bilateral meeting. Even before the two parties met in person, various media predicted the inclusion of some agenda on Taiwan, which came to fruition through the released joint statement, “We underscore the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues.” The statement also included the two nation’s agenda towards Chinese activities, “President Biden and Prime Minister Suga exchanged views on the impact of China’s actions on peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world, and shared their concerns over Chinese activities that are inconsistent with the international rules-based order, including the use of economic and other forms of coercion.” With both leaders calling each other using their first name, President Biden stating, “Yoshi and I have had some private time together,” and Prime Minister Suga also reiterating their close relationship, “I look forward to the actual implementation of the outcomes of today’s significant meeting and to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific by further collaboration and deeper cooperation with Joe.” Over and over again, the United States and Japan have reiterated their cooperation to tackle the issue in Indo-Pacific region, and their close alliance to stand strong against China. Over the course of the meetings, two sides focused on their, “Vision of free and open Indo-Pacific,” as expected, but they also dived into their new initiative of Competitiveness and Resilience (CoRe) Partnership. Not only do they envision a more competitive society, President Biden and Prime Minister Suga launched their brand new U.S.-Japan Climate Partnership to meet the Paris Climate Accord, further provide innovations on clean energy, and achieve decarbonization of both nations. With the shared belief in ending the global pandemic, the public statement released reiterates that, “We will also cooperate on global COVID-19 vaccine supply and manufacturing needs toward ending the pandemic.” During the three-day visit to the White House, the Prime Minister held a phone discussion with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla about their availability to further provide Pfizer vaccines on COVID-19 for Japan. Even with the fourth COVID-19 surge in Tokyo, President Biden revealed his support for the Summer 2020 Olympics and Paralympics which has been delayed for the summer of 2021. Now with ever growing tensions between China and the United States on the issues of Taiwan Strait and Indo-Paacfic Region, along with human rights violations in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, the US-Japan meeting has angered Beijing. Soon after the meeting, comments made during the joint press release has prompted the Chinese embassy in the United States to express its firm opposition, stating, “The decision is extremely irresponsible and will gravely damage the immediate interests of regional countries and peoples. It is also inappropriate for the U.S. to acquiesce.”

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