China warns Japan not to stir up trouble on Diaoyu Island issue

James Marshall
April 17, 2021

US President Joe Biden on Friday gave his backing to Japan's efforts to hold a "safe and secure" Olympic Games this year after talk of cancelation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The political tensions are such that we believe it actually impedes all of our abilities to be effective in Northeast Asia, and I think the president will want to discuss this in some detail" with Suga, the official said. "Prime Minister Suga wants to walk a careful course and we respect that".

Bach is expected to back Japan's commitment to safely hosting the Summer Games, Kyodo reported.

Suga, who is on a state visit to the USA, said at a press conference on Friday that he told President Joe Biden he was committed to moving forward with the Games and that Biden offered his support. His administration pushed its comfort zone in a statement stressing "peace and stability" on the Taiwan Strait.

"I had a good discussion today with Japanese Prime Minister (Yoshihide) Suga-the first world leader to visit us here in Washington. Together, the United States and Japan will strengthen our efforts to promote peace, prosperity, and security in the Indo-Pacific", Harris said.

In a speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank Friday evening, Suga said that "what we always have in mind is not force or coercion, but our firm belief that a rules-based free and open order - this is what brings peace and prosperity to the region and the world".

Suga could not bring his cabinet members with him, owning to COVID-19 restrictions, but the full "A-team" attendance of the Biden administration showed just how much the president is invested in the alliance.

"President Biden once again expressed his support for this determination", Suga said.

Formed initially to coordinate relief efforts after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the Quad had faded away for a time in part over concerns that its existence would provoke China, by suggesting the four countries were ganging up against it, noted Tanvi Madan, an expert on India and its relations in the Indo-Pacific at the Brookings Institution. "He won the Masters", Biden said. That came during a visit last month by Secretary of State Tony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, which was the Biden administration's highest-level face-to-face meeting at the time.

China's Huawei has taken an early dominance in fifth-generation internet, which is becoming an increasingly crucial part of the global economy, despite heavy USA pressure on the company, which Washington argues poses threats to security and privacy in the democratic world. It says the US reaffirmed that Article Five of the Japan-US Security Treaty applies to Japan's Senkaku Islands.

China, however, is Japan's longtime rival and largest trading partner, leading some analysts to predict Suga will refrain from overtly antagonizing Beijing during his meeting with Biden.

Elsewhere, Tokyo has watched with concern as China has built military installations on disputed territory it claims in the South China Sea.

Biden as president has taken a different approach to China's growing assertiveness and other global challenges, reaching out to allies as a first step.

President Barack Obama was seen as cajoling China, in hopes of encouraging reforms.

The Biden-Suga meeting also saw new announcements on a series of alliance-building moves.

Before Suga's meeting with Biden, China's Foreign Affairs Ministry warned Japan against "being misled by some countries holding biased views against China".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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