All national dailies reported on Prime Minister Suga’s explanation at a Lower House plenary session on Tuesday of the results of his summit meeting with President Biden on April 16. Regarding the reference to the Taiwan Strait in the joint statement issued after the meeting, Suga said it reflected that Japan is hoping that the cross-Strait issue will be resolved peacefully in direct dialogue between the parties concerned and that this is the common position of the United States and Japan. He emphasized that the summit demonstrated to the international community the bonds formed by the U.S.-Japan alliance. The premier added that Japan will strive to strengthen the deterrence of its alliance with the United States and its own defense capabilities. Suga also said he and the President agreed to oppose any attempts to forcibly change the status quo in the South and East China Seas.