Biden Dials New Japan With 'Strong' Message On China Prime Minister
Joe Biden, made the appeal a day after Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida declared a parliamentary election for Oct. 31 and pledged to strengthen Japan's response to the pandemic
President Joe Biden sent a "strong" message to new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday about the US commitment to safeguarding the disputed East China Sea islets known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan. The allies also confirmed their collaboration toward attaining a free and open Indo-Pacific in a 20-minute phone call on Tuesday morning, Kishida told reporters at the prime minister's official home.
The call came a day after Kishida called a parliamentary election for Oct. 31 and vowed to bolster the country's response to the pandemic. He was voted in by lawmakers on Monday as the nation's new prime minister.
"We confirmed that we would work together toward the strengthening of the Japan-US alliance and free and open Indo-Pacific," Kishida said. "We also confirmed we would work closely on issues related to China and North Korea."
"In particular, the president made a strong comment on the United States' commitment to defend Japan, particularly Article 5 of the United States-Japan Security Treaty," Kishida continued, referring to the United States' defence commitments to Japan, which include the uninhabited island. China's activity in the East China Sea has increased Japan's concerns, including incursions into waters near the disputed islands, known in China as the Diaoyus.
The two partners also agreed to collaborate on global concerns such as the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and nuclear proliferation, according to Kishida.