Us Japan Meeting: Japan and the United States on Tuesday jointly criticized China’s “coercion and aggression” in Asia. In fact, the first talks at the level of top ministers in the two countries took place on Tuesday after President Joe Biden came to power. US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin and Foreign Minister Antony Blinken held ‘two plus two’ talks with their Japanese counterparts, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi. After the talks, Blinken said that democracy and human rights are being challenged in the region and the US will work together with its allies for a free and independent Indo-Pacific region.
Blinken said the Biden administration is committed to working closely with US allies and those feeling challenged by China and its allies in the region, North Korea. He said that if China adopts coercion and aggression in its interest, then we will push it back if needed. In a joint statement issued after the talks, the ministers unilaterally changed the status quo on human rights violations in Xinjiang province of China, ‘illegal maritime zone claims and activities in the South China Sea’, and on Japan-controlled islands in the East China Sea. Raised serious concern over ‘attempt’. Significantly, China claims its rights over the islands controlled by Japan in the East China Sea. The statement also stressed the importance of ‘peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
North Korea threatened as soon as it reached Japan
During the first foreign trip to the Biden administration’s cabinet, Blinken and Austin agreed to work together with their Japanese counterparts on the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change. At the same time, both sides also agreed to cooperate on the North Korean nuclear threat and the situation arising out of the military coup in Myanmar. Soon after the two top US ministers arrived in Japan on Tuesday, North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un’s sister warned the US that if it “wants to sleep peacefully” for the next four years, it has “no trouble” should do.’
Kim Yo Jong’s statement on Tuesday is North Korea’s first official statement to the administration of US President Joe Biden. Instead of inviting Japanese ministers to visit the US, President Biden has sent two of his top ministers to visit Japan, which is very important for the Asian country. Japan considers its partnership with America as the foundation stone of its diplomatic and defence policies.
America is strengthening trilateral partnership
During the talks with Foreign Minister Motegi before the ‘Two Plus Two’ talks, Blinken said that we have not chosen Japan for the first cabinet-level visit. He and Austin have come to strengthen their dedication to the coalition and to take it further, he said. He said that the United States and its allies are working together on climate change, cybersecurity and health security and are ‘supporting our shared values.
Blinken said that the US and Japan are confirming the importance of their trilateral partnership with South Korea. However, the ministers did not say publicly about the strained relations between Japan and South Korea regarding the compensation during the war. After talks with Blinken, Motegi said that the two ministers opposed China’s unilateral efforts to change the status quo in the maritime areas of the region.
Japan is in danger from China
He said that the two ministers also agreed on the importance of complete nuclear disarmament of North Korea. Significantly, the Constitution of Japan prohibits the use of force to solve any international issue and increasing its own military power in Asia is a sensitive issue. Japan is also in a very sensitive diplomatic position regarding its economy because like other countries of the region, its economy also depends on China to a large extent.
But Japan considers China’s increasing maritime activities in the region a security threat. China has created man-made islands in the South China Sea and equipped them with military equipment. Not only this, he is claiming ownership over almost all the fish-rich areas and waterways of the South China Sea. Japan denies China’s claim to the Sekaku Islands under its control in the East China Sea and its growing activities in the disputed territory. In China, they are called Diyu Islands. China denies expansionism and says that it is only protecting its border rights.
China nervous about US-Japan talks
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Jao Lijian said on Tuesday that the US-Japan talks should not “target third parties and harm them.” At the press conference, Jao said that the US and Japan should do transactions and cooperation, which will help to increase mutual understanding and mutual trust between regional countries. It should contribute to solidarity, cooperation, peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.