Washington/Beijing: After meeting US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait is vital for the United States and Japan. Both the countries concur on this issue. This is seemingly a stern warning issued by Japan and the United States to China. It intruded the Taiwanese airspace with 25 aircraft. China has taken serious cognisance of this and criticised that these efforts of Japan and the United States are negative, creating a divide.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is on an important visit to the United States. Before starting the visit, Prime Minister Suga had told the media that he would be discussing issues in the Indo-Pacific with President Biden. Suga had clarified that the issues to be discussed would be tension in the South China Sea, the North Korean nuclear program, and China. Therefore, Prime Minister Suga’s visit is being viewed against the background of the increasing tension in the Indo-Pacific region.
After holding talks with President Biden on Friday, Prime Minister Suga informed the media that the discussions were regarding the Chinese activities in the Indo-Pacific sector. Suga informed that issues of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang featured in the discussions. Suga clarified that nothing more can be spoken on the Taiwan issue, as it is a dialogue only on the diplomatic level. But the peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait is extremely important. The United States and Japan concurred on this issue. This was confirmed during this discussion.
The US and Japanese leaders also discussed the action against the protestors demanding democracy in Hongkong and atrocities against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang province. On Friday, the Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister had already warned that it must be assured that Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang do not feature in the discussions to be held between US President Biden and Japanese PM Suga. But, the fact that despite Chinese warning, talks were held between the US and Japanese leaders and Prime Minister Suga mentioned it openly has infuriated China. The Chinese embassy criticised that there is no bigger contradiction than taking harmful steps for creating a divide and promoting groupism under the pretext of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.