Joe Biden warns that the United States will defend Taiwan militarily in the event of an invasion by China

US President Joe Biden, while visiting Tokyo, doubled down on his multiple warnings to China on Monday, May 23 with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. After a three-day visit to South Korea, Biden arrived in Japan on Sunday evening, where US officials considered these two countries as the mainstays of the American system in the face of China’s rise to power in the region..

During a joint press conference on Monday, M. Biden and Kishida took a stern tone toward Beijing, and reaffirmed A common vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific They said they agreed to monitor Chinese naval activity in the region as China shows increasing ambitions. “We should call on China to comply with international law.”including economic matters, Mr. Kishida noted.

The US president also warned that the United States would defend Taiwan militarily if Beijing invaded the autonomous island, warning that China ‘Danger pets’. “This is the commitment we made”Asked if the United States would intervene militarily against a Chinese attempt to seize this region by force, Mr. Biden said:

“We agreed with the one-China policy, we signed it (…) but the idea is [Taïwan] It can be taken by force is simply inappropriate. »

Do not underestimate the design of China

Then the US President mentioned that Russia should do this ‘Paying a Long Term Price’ for him “Barbarism in Ukraine”. “It’s not just about Ukraine.”Mr. Biden said. because if Sanctions have not been adhered to in many ways, so what signal does this send to China about the cost of trying to seize Taiwan by force? »he wondered.

Japan and the United States It will monitor recent Chinese naval activities, as well as moves related to the Sino-Russian joint exercises.For his part, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced after his meeting with the US President.

“We firmly oppose attempts to forcibly change the status quo in the East and South China Seas.”Mr. Kishida said during a press conference. In addition, we agreed to deal with various issues related to China together, including human rights.he added.

In response to Mr. Biden’s remarks, China called on the US President to do so “Don’t underestimate” Ha “resolute determination” to me to protect its sovereignty. We urge the United States (…) To avoid sending false signals to the separatist forces.” On Taiwan, an island claimed by Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters.

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‘stimulating cooperation’

Also in Tokyo on Tuesday, Biden will seek to bolster US leadership in the Asia-Pacific region by joining leaders from Australia, India and Japan at the summit of an informal alliance dubbed the Quad. About “An essential opportunity to exchange views and further enhance practical cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region”The White House said.

However, Quartet member India has so far stood out for its refusal to publicly condemn Moscow over the war in Ukraine or reduce its trade with Russia. Mr. Biden will have a private meeting on Tuesday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The fear that unpredictable North Korea will launch another missile or conduct a nuclear test looms large at every stop on Biden’s tour. Nothing happened during his stay in Seoul. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the threat remains and Pyongyang has a choice “to get back to the table” Negotiations.

But Pyongyang has so far refused to heed calls for dialogue, US officials say, even ignoring offers of assistance to combat the sudden outbreak of Covid-19.

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A New Economic Partnership in the Asia-Pacific Region

During his press conference with Mr. Kishida, Mr. Biden also unveiled a new economic partnership in the Asia-Pacific region, which initially brought together 13 countries, except for China, which sees this project off to a bad start.

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) is not a free trade agreement, but provides for greater integration among member countries in four main areas: the digital economy, supply chains, green energy, and anti-corruption.

Jake Sullivan, the US National Security Adviser, confirmed that he was a “open platform” Because it has been conceptualized and defined as such, but Beijing feels deliberately excluded and has already announced it, it was criticized on Sunday for “few clicks” stomach for “Containing China”.

Under Donald Trump, Biden’s predecessor in the White House, the United States in 2017 withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the broad multilateral free trade agreement, which was the subject of a new treaty in 2018 without Washington. Mr. Biden has made clear he has no intention of reviving key free trade agreements, but also announced on Monday that he is considering lifting tariff barriers that weigh heavily on China, recalling that his administration has not enforced them.

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The world with AFP

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