US President Joe Biden held telephonic conversation with the new Japanese PM Fumio Kishida yesterday. Fumio Kishida succeeded Yoshihide Suga last month after winning the ruling party elections. Joe Biden extended his best wishes and congratulated the incumbent PM, he also vowed that the US will work in tandem with Japan to challenge the threat that Beijing poses in the East China Sea and Indo-Pacific region. The leaders also metioned North Korea, which has launched multiple missiles in the name of testing in recent weeks.
During the conversation, the issue of Senkaku Islands also came up. According to the statement given by Fumio Kishida to the media, Biden has provided “a strong statement about US commitment for defense of Japan, including Senkaku,”. Senkaku islands are a group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea. These islets have fueled territorial disputes amongst Tokyo and Beijing since the early 2010’s.
The conversation between Fumio Kishida and Joe Biden is said to have lasted about 20 minutes. Both the leaders have agreed for an in-person round of discussion. Dates and location of the in-person discussion are yet to be decided.
Why China is the hot topic of discussion for world leaders like Fumio Kishida and Joe Biden
Apart from COVID-19, climate change and technological innovation, China has also been a topic of discussion at international forums. The recently held Qaud Summit also focused at the tyrannical ways of China in the Indo-Pacific and East China Sea region.
AUKUS, the strategic alliance between Australia, Britain and the US concentrated at ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific. The alliance plans to provide cutting edge military technology to Australia. The target of the triple alliance is most likely China.
Since last year, China has adopted a more aggressive approach in the Indo-Pacific. The country aims at imposing its dominance over the region. Countries like India, Japan, Australia, US and many more have taken it upon themselves to curb the rising control of China in the aforementioned regions.
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