Deterrence important to maintain peace, stability – US, Japan

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The United States and Japan have renew alliance during the meeting of United States President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide on April 16.

According to the released joint statement, the two leaders exchanged views on the impact of China’s actions on peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world.

They also shared their concerns over Chinese activities that are inconsistent with the international rules-based order, including the use of economic and other forms of coercion.

“We will continue to work with each other based on universal values and common principles. 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,” it added.

They also reiterated their objections to China’s unlawful maritime claims and activities in the South China Sea and reaffirmed 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.

“We underscore the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues. We share serious concerns regarding the human rights situations in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The United States and Japan recognized the importance of candid conversations with China, reiterated their intention to share concerns directly, and acknowledged the need to work with China on areas of common interest,” the joint statement added.