Washington [US]April 17 (ANI): On Friday (local time), U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reiterated their calls for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
The meeting between Biden and Suga is the first face-to-face meeting since the U.S. president took office in January.
According to a joint statement by leaders posted on the White House website, the two leaders exchanged views on the impact of China’s actions on peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world and shared the its concerns about Chinese activities that are inconsistent with the order based on international norms, including the use of forms of economic and other coercion.
“We will continue to work with each other based on universal values and common principles. We also recognize the importance of deterrence in maintaining peace and stability in the region. We oppose any unilateral attempt to change the status quo in the sea of East China “. the statement of the joint leaders was read.
The two leaders also reiterated their objections to China’s illegal maritime claims and activities in the South China Sea and reaffirmed our strong shared interest in a free and open sea of southern China governed by international law. , which guarantees freedom of navigation and overflight, in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
“We emphasize the importance of peace and stability throughout the Taiwan Strait and encourage the peaceful resolution of issues between the Straits. We share serious concerns about human rights situations in Hong Kong and the Uyghur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang. “, said the joint statement of the leaders. .
“Together, we will continue to work with allies and partners, including Australia and India through the Quad, which has never been stronger, to build the free, open, accessible, diverse and prosperous Indo-Pacific that we all seek. We support the unity and centrality of ASEAN in the Indo-Pacific, as well as the prospects of ASEAN in the Indo-Pacific, “he added.
The leaders’ statement also stated that Washington and Tokyo “will support a transparent and independent assessment and analysis, free from undue interference and influence” of the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak and to investigate outbreaks of unknown origin in the US. future.
“Our governments will continue to meet at all levels, including to coordinate and implement our policies towards the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Above all, we renew our investment in the very idea of constant alliances, knowing that our partnership will make security and prosperity possible for our peoples for decades to come, ”the statement said.
The United States also expanded its support to Japan to hold a safe Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. Both leaders expressed their pride in the American and Japanese athletes who have trained for these Games and will compete in the best traditions of the Olympic spirit.
China claims sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea and has overlapped territorial claims with Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.
China has been increasing its maritime activities in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea in recent months, in part in response to Beijing’s concerns about increasing US military presence in the region. due to the escalation of Sino-American tensions.
Beijing’s growing assertiveness against recognized claimants in the East and South Seas has led to an unprecedented settlement across the Indo-Pacific. (ANI)