Kishida, Biden Oppose Status Quo Change by Force

Politics

Phnom Penh, Nov. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday reaffirmed their opposition to unilateral attempts by China and Russia to change the status quo by force.

Kishida and Biden, meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on the sidelines of regional summits, agreed to cooperate closely in addressing challenges related to China, including Beijing's military pressure on Taiwan. The meeting comes ahead of a summit between Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping set for Monday.

The Japanese and U.S. leaders warned Russia against using nuclear weapons in its war in Ukraine. They agreed that the Group of Seven wealthy democracies, including Japan and the United States, will work together to keep sanctions on Russia in place and continue assistance to Ukraine.

The two leaders later joined South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol for a three-way summit and the three agreed to cooperate in addressing North Korea's recent missile provocations.

Kishida and Biden also agreed that Japan and the United States will further strengthen their alliance's deterrence and response capabilities. They reaffirmed cooperation to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific.

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