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.
— 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.
— welcomes Japan’s decision to host G-7 summit in Hiroshima in 2023.
— says U.S. committed to defending Taiwan should China invade island.