By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press
TOKYO (AP) – New Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held his first talks as Japanese leader with President Joe Biden and confirmed that they would work to strengthen their alliance and cooperate on regional security in the face of growing challenges of China and North Korea.
Kishida, who was elected by parliament and sworn in on Monday, told reporters that Biden reassured him about the United States’ commitment to defend the East China Sea island under Japanese control Senkaku, that China is also claiming and has stepped up coastguard activity in the region.
Biden provided “a strong statement on the United States’ commitment to the defense of Japan, including … Senkaku,” Kishida said, adding that the two leaders also reaffirmed that they will jointly address “the challenges facing neighboring regions such as China and North Korea “.
Kishida supports strengthening the security ties between Japan and the United States and partnerships with other like-minded democracies in Asia, Europe and Britain, in part to counter endowed China and North Korea. nuclear weapon. Kishida also pledged to strengthen Japan’s missile and naval defense capabilities.
Kishida on Monday acknowledged the need to continue dialogue with China, an important neighbor and trading partner, but said “we must denounce” China’s attempt to change the status quo in the East and South China Seas.
The two leaders confirmed their commitment to work together to achieve the Indo-Pacific “no asterisk and open” vision of partnerships between regional democracies as a countercurrent to China’s increasingly assertive activity, Kishida said.