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Gist of Japan-U.S. summit talks

TOKYO – The following is the gist of talks between Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. President Joe Biden held Monday in Tokyo.

 

The two leaders:

 

— oppose unilateral attempts to change status quo by force in East China Sea, coercive activities in South China Sea

— stress importance of peace, stability across Taiwan Strait

— expressed concern about security agreement between China and Solomon Islands.

— called for more transparency in Beijing’s increase in nuclear capabilities.

— condemn Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified aggression in Ukraine

— stress need for global unity in punishing Moscow with sanctions to inflict long-lasting economic costs.

— expressed serious concern about North Korea’s missile and nuclear development.

— commit to action to advance shared vision of free, open Indo-Pacific, where international order is challenged.

— agree to cooperate in defending critical technologies, such as semiconductors, and in strengthening economic security.

 

Kishida:

 

— says Japan to fundamentally bolster defense capabilities, boost defense spending accordingly.

— announces Japan’s participation in U.S.-led Indo-Pacific economic framework.

— calls for U.S. return to Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact.

 

Biden:

 

— welcomes Japan’s decision to host G-7 summit in Hiroshima in 2023.

— says U.S. committed to defending Taiwan should China invade island.

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