The American President, Joe Bidenand the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishidamet this Thursday to coordinate efforts before the start tomorrow Friday of the summit of the G7 in Hiroshima.
The two leaders shook hands before dozens of television cameras and then they entered a room where they sat around a large rectangular table accompanied by senior officials from both governments.
“Today, Joe and I will review the topics of the G7 summit in Hiroshima and we will do some last-minute coordination,” he said. Kishida at the start of the meeting and in the presence of the media.
Kishida expressed his wish that the G7 summit serve to show a “unbreakable will” in defense of the international liberal order Created after the Second World War with the idea that States must follow rules to coexist peacefully.
Also, Kishida spoke of the importance of bilateral relationship between Japan and the US to safeguard the “peace” and “security” in it indopacificwhich China claims as part of its sphere of influence.
Next, Biden highlighted the “values” that unite the two nations and mentioned the support that USA and Japan given to Ukraine so that it can defend its “sovereignty”as well as the jointly imposed sanctions against Russia for the “brutal” aggression that began in February 2022.
Without mentioning China, the American leader also alluded to the need to defend a “Free” Indo-Pacific and “open”.
Biden also thanked Kishida for the cooperation in emerging technologies with agreements between universities and companies from both countries to advance in the area of quantum computing and the manufacture of semiconductorsan area in which China has world leadership.
“When our countries come together we are stronger and I believe that the whole world is safer when we do that”, he stressed.
Biden reiterated his commitment to nuclear non-proliferation in the presence of Kishida; but great advances are not expected in that matter.
Precisely one of the priorities of Kishida, originally from hiroshimais to achieve that USA, France and United Kingdom (the three G7 countries with nuclear weapons) commit to reducing their arsenals, not an easy task and one for which Washington has already shown little willingness.
Speaking to the press aboard Air Force One, Biden’s National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivanalready said that Biden does not plan to apologize for the nuclear bomb launched by the US on August 6, 1945 and that immediately killed 80,000 people.
Biden is the second US president to visit hiroshimaafter the visit in 2016 of Barack Obama (2009-2017), who also did not apologize for the killing.
In any case, according to Sullivan, the relationship between USA and Japan It is at a “high point” after the progress made in the last two years in military, economic and energy matters, for example with the opening in December of last year of a specific dialogue on clean energy.
This is the fifth bilateral meeting between the two leaderswho met virtually for the first time in January 2022 to later meet in person in Tokyo, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, in Cambodia and in Washington.
Kishida and Biden are expected to meet again in the coming days in a trilateral meeting with the president of South KoreaYoon Suk Yeol, on the fringes of the G7.
(With information from EFE)
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