"The last Japanese and US leaders to mention Taiwan in a joint statement were Eisaku Sato and Richard Nixon in 1969."
— Samuel (@Samuel1763) April 14, 2021
- China Outraged At Joint US-Japan Statement Which Invokes ‘Nuclear Defense’
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
During their late Friday press conference President Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga – who is the first foreign leader to visit the White House of the new administration – issued a joint statement lashing out a China for actions that “are inconsistent with the international rules-based order” and impact “peace and prosperity” in the region. Thus it appears the lengthy pressure campaign by the administration to get Suga to agree to sign off on a muscular joint statement aimed at China, particularly at a moment of soaring tensions over Taiwan, paid off.
Included in the White House statement is the following: “We also recognize the importance of deterrence to maintain peace and stability in the region. We oppose any unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East China Sea. We reiterated our objections to China’s unlawful maritime claims and activities in the South China Sea and reaffirmed our strong shared interest in a free and open South China Sea governed by international law, in which freedom of navigation and overflight are guaranteed, consistent with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.”