President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga dedicated to work collectively on “challenges” introduced by China, the 2 leaders mentioned Friday on the White Home.
The White Home assembly was Biden’s first face-to-face with a international chief, a part of a technique for going through a more-assertive China. Biden can also be set to satisfy South Korean President Moon Jae-in subsequent month in Washington.
“We dedicated to working collectively to tackle the challenges from China and on points just like the East China Sea, the South China Sea, in addition to North Korea, to make sure a way forward for a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Biden mentioned at a information convention within the White Home Rose Backyard.
With out mentioning Taiwan by identify, Suga mentioned he and Biden agreed to oppose “any makes an attempt to vary the established order by power or coercion within the East and South China Seas and intimidation of others within the area.” China’s navy has lately flown warplanes in Taiwan’s airspace.
The 2 leaders additionally mentioned the COVID pandemic and subsequent week’s local weather summit to be hosted by Biden, which Suga will attend.
Biden was additionally requested about gun-control measures within the wake of the most recent mass taking pictures within the U.S. Police say the person who fatally shot eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis Thursday evening is a former worker.
Biden mentioned he’s “by no means not prioritized” gun reforms and defended his push on an infrastructure plan.
“It doesn’t imply that I can’t even be working on the identical time on the financial system and on COVID,” mentioned Biden, who has referred to as for insurance policies together with an assault-weapons ban.
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