Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and visiting U.S. lawmakers reiterated Saturday that they are committed to building a long-term bilateral alliance, starting with a bilateral alliance with Ukraine, amid rising global tensions. The threat of war to neighboring China and North Korea. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told visiting U.S. lawmakers that longstanding bilateral alliances had replaced party divisions and sought to understand Japan’s role in promoting peace and prosperity in the region.
At a dinner, visiting U.S. lawmakers and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida agreed on the importance of maintaining a “free and open Indo-Pacific region,” according to the foreign ministry. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Chinese President Xi Jinping have reaffirmed their cooperation with North Korea, including Tokyo’s efforts to repatriate citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang agents in the 1970s and 1980s, a Japanese official said.
On Feb. 2022, Discussion of Taiwan at weekend talks involving Japan, South Korea and the United States, analysts say, could be seen as a signal U.S. President Joe Biden aims to broaden the network of Asia-Pacific countries that could resist China’s expansion.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa Hayashi and Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-Yong emphasized in a joint statement “the importance” of peace and stability in the strait that divides Taiwan from China.
The joint statement from the weekend meeting in Hawaii also condemned North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches and expressed “shared concern about activities that undermine the rules-based international order.” “voanews.com“
It’s not a question of if China will attack Taiwan, but when. Will the Biden administration be ready if China decides to try and take Taiwan back? We have six of our congress members, Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas visiting Taiwan showing their support for Taiwan.
The six lawmakers’ visit follows their earlier stop in Taiwan, where they made a pointed and public declaration of their support for the self-governing island democracy, while issuing a warning to China. They met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen on Friday.
China carried out military drills near Taiwan in protest of the delegation’s visit. Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China was prepared “to take strong measures to resolutely safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Japan has long been nervous about China’s possible invasion of Taiwan, which Beijing claims as part of its territory to be united by force if necessary. China and Taiwan split after a civil war in 1949. “msn.com“
Whether the US will intervene if China attacks Taiwan remains an open question. Japan, a U.S. treaty ally, indicated that Japan would assist Taiwan in any defense against China if so, requested by the U.S. or if the conflict affected outlying islands under Japanese control. Japan has also asked the US for help in Japan’s ongoing efforts to relocate a Japanese residence that was stolen by North Korea long ago in the past, the Foreign Ministry said.
As Japan stands ready to go to war if the US gives the green light. In this instance the green light means, ” The Us would ask Japan for help if China tries to invade Taiwan.” Mean while, the US and its allies are watching the Ukrainians fight for their lives.
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