Kishida and Biden agree to strengthen their alliance

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The leaders of Japan and the United States have pledged to strengthen regional defense. Prime Minister Kishida Fumio met with President Joe Biden amid rising tensions in the Indo-Pacific.

Kishida said: “I have announced my determination to secure a larger defense budget, and President Biden has strongly supported it. We have also agreed to expand and deepen our Japan-US cooperation to ensure security. “.

Biden said, “I applaud Prime Minister Kishida’s determination to strengthen Japanese defense capabilities as well. A strong Japan and a strong U.S.-Japan alliance is a force for good in the region.”

Kishida and Biden mentioned two threats.

They vowed to tackle the recent spate of weapons launches from North Korea as well as China’s growing influence.

Kishida said, “We have stressed the importance of ensuring peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, which is an essential element for the peace and prosperity of the international community. We also called for a peaceful solution to the cross-strait issue.

Russia was also on the agenda.

The leaders agreed that the conflict in Ukraine highlights the need for UN reforms.

Biden said the United States would support Japan’s bid to become a permanent member of the Security Council.

Kishida also used the event to say he wanted Hiroshima to host the G7 summit next year to send a powerful message against nuclear weapons.

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