On the afternoon of April 16, US Eastern Time, Biden met with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the White House. After the meeting, Japan and the United States issued a joint statement.
The two countries mentioned Taiwan in the joint statement-this is the first time that Taiwan has been included in the joint statement of the Japan-US summit meeting since Nixon and Sato Eisaku’s talks in 1969. Not only that, the statement once again interfered in the affairs of Hong Kong and Xinjiang, China.
The two ended their talks and attended a joint press conference
The Biden administration has recently intensively united with allies to “enclose” China, and Japan has also followed suit, making a historical reversal in Sino-Japanese relations. Last month, the joint statement after the Japan-US 2+2 talks flagrantly slandered China and deliberately discussed China’s internal affairs. At that time, China severely criticized the Japanese side for “suffering from others” and “cooperating with the United States.”
Nowadays, the interaction between the United States and Japan has intensified. Japan’s foreign policy has shown a dangerous trend toward the United States and cooperating with the United States to contain China. The Japanese media worry that this move will be countered by China. Is Japan ready to follow the United States?
According to the latest news, the Chinese Embassy in the United States responded to the China-related content of the joint statement by the leaders of the United States and Japan: Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Xinjiang-related issues are China’s internal affairs. The East China Sea and the South China Sea involve China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, and these issues are related to China’s affairs. Fundamental interests should not be interfered. We express our strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to the relevant remarks made by the leaders of the United States and Japan in the joint statement. China will firmly safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests.
The above-mentioned remarks of the United States and Japan have completely gone beyond the scope of the normal development of bilateral relations, harming the interests of third parties, harming mutual understanding and trust between countries in the region, and harming peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific. Obviously it is an attempt to split the Asia-Pacific region and engage in a “small circle” directed at other countries, but calling it “free and open” is really a great irony. Such attempts by the United States and Japan to go against the trend of the times and act in response to the hearts of the people in the region will inevitably proceed with the purpose of harming others and end in harming themselves.