US President Joe Biden met with leaders of Japan and South Korea on Sunday to coordinate their response to the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, as well as to ask for input on handling China’s assertive position in the region. of the Pacific, on the eve of a coming face to face with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
Biden held separate meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol. Then the three leaders sat together on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Cambodia.
During the meeting, Biden said: “We face real challenges, but our nations are more aligned than ever.”
Yoon and Kishida discussed the demonstrations in course of aggression by North Korea, which in recent weeks has launched dozens of missiles.
Earlier in the day, Biden told Asian leaders that lines of communication between the US and China will remain open to prevent conflict, concluding the first of three summits involving world leaders this week.
Speaking at the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia, Biden said the US will continue to compete with China and openly criticize its leadership in human rights matters, but stressed the importance of pace in the Taiwan Strait and to ensure freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.
The White House said in a statement that Biden also condemned the Russian military operation in Ukraine, which he described as a “brutal and brutal invasion” and the threat of test North Korean missiles. He also called on Myanmar’s military rulers to stick to a plan pace agreed with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
And the statement quoted Biden as saying about China that “the United States will compete vigorously … and at the same time keep the lines of communication open and ensure that competition does not transform. in conflict”.
Southeast Asia will also host the G20 Summit in Bali, in Indonesia this week, before which Biden will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for the first time since joining in load, in one moment in which relations between the two superpowers have dropped to a minimum in decades.
War is expected in Ukraine will dominate discussions in Bali and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Bangkok this weekend. Discussions will also cover global climate commitments, food security, tension in the Taiwan Strait, the situation in the South China Sea and North Korean rocket launches.
Eighteen countries, which together account for half of the world economy, attended the East Asian Summit on Sunday, including the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) along with Japan, South Korea, China, India , United States United States, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will represent President Vladimir Putin at the top. Lavrov today accused the West of militarizing Southeast Asia to undermine Chinese and Russian interests in this important part of the world.
He said in a press conference in Phnom Penh: “The United States and its NATO allies are trying to control quest’arena”.
He added that Biden’s strategy for the Indo-Pacific region, which the US president tried to vigorously promote during the meeting, is an attempt to circumvent the “global structures” of regional cooperation.
In a separate press conference, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said his brief discussions with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang the previous day had been constructive and positive, raising expectations for a formal summit with Xi.
Australia’s relations with China have deteriorated in recent years. Albanese added: “I have said many times on the relationship with China that we should cooperate where possible … Dialogue is always a good thing.”
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