US, Japan prepping assertion to ‘deter’ China motion in Indo-Pacific area: report

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The U.S. and Japan are reportedly getting ready a press release promising the 2 international locations will associate to “deter” China. 

In keeping with the Nikkei newspaper, the assertion is being labored on forward of President Biden’s Could 23 summit with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

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It can reportedly give attention to China’s actions within the Indo-Pacific Region, outlining a policy of maintaining Japan “under the U.S. nuclear umbrella” and confirming the launch of the Indo-Pacific Financial Framework (IPEF).

The Nikkei mentioned the language of the assertion can be strengthened from final yr, with the nations saying they might cooperate to “respond” if crucial.

President Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida walk from a meeting to the G7 family photo at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 24, 2022. 

President Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stroll from a gathering to the G7 household picture at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 24, 2022. 
(Doug Mills/Pool through REUTERS)

Notably, earlier this month, Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki mentioned Japan ought to focus extra on peaceable diplomacy with China, as an alternative of navy deterrence. 

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He additionally urged that the burden on Okinawa of internet hosting a majority of American troops in Japan be decreased.

There’s some concern within the prefecture – with its presence of U.S. navy personnel – concerning rising tensions as a result of China’s navy actions.

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There’s additionally the concern that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may embolden Beijing, and North Korea, which not too long ago launched three ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan. 

The publication added that the U.S. would once more name for the denuclearization of North Korea. 

Biden can be touring to South Korea, his first Asia journey since taking workplace final yr, the place he’ll meet with newly elected President Yoon Suk Yeol. 

Biden can even meet with the so-called “Quad” — which additionally contains Australia, Japan and India — as they goal to forge stronger partnerships to comprise China within the Indo-Pacific.

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Earlier this month, Biden hosted the first-ever Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit to be held in Washington.

In April, six U.S. lawmakers, together with Sen. Lindsey Graham, and Kishida reaffirmed their dedication to working collectively. The go to adopted an earlier cease in Taiwan, the place the group met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

Reuters and The Related Press contributed to this report.

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