In an effort to show solidarity with China’s increasingly powerful rise and nuclear threats from North Korea, the Biden administration held a summit at Camp David with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio.
Speaking at a joint news conference, Biden praised the work that the leaders of Japan and South Korea have done to “resolve difficult issues” between the two countries and the United States. “Together together, we will defend international law and oppose coercion,” Biden said.
US President Joe Biden and the leaders of South Korea and Japan will hold a press conference on August 18. Photo: Reuters
In the joint statement, the three countries resolved to consult together quickly in crises and coordinate responses to regional challenges, provocations and threats affecting common interests.
The three also agreed to hold annual military training exercises and share real-time information about North Korea’s missile launches through the end of 2023. The three also promised to hold an annual trilateral summit.
Although the above commitments did not lead to the establishment of a formal trilateral security alliance, it was seen as a bold step for Seoul and Tokyo, two countries that have been at constant tension over a number of issues since the war. Painting 1910-1945.
The summit at the US President’s residence in Maryland was the US’s first independent meeting with Japan and South Korea and was “driven by a shared perception of threats from China and North Korea as well as Russia”.
theo reutersThe rhetoric about China from the leaders of all three countries was stronger than expected and was likely to provoke a reaction from Beijing, a major trading partner of both South Korea and Japan.
Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington, said the international community can judge who is raising tensions.
Mr. Liu said efforts to eliminate other dissident groups and bring about conflict factions and military alliances in the Asia-Pacific would not receive support and would only elicit vigilance and response from countries in the region.
Beijing has previously warned that US efforts to strengthen ties with South Korea and Japan could escalate tensions and conflicts in the region.