© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden arrives aboard Air Power One at Yokota U.S. Air Power Base in Fussa, on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan Might 22, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
By Trevor Hunnicutt
TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden, in Japan to launch a regional financial plan to counter China and reaffirm ties with a key Asian ally, started his go to on Monday by assembly with Emperor Naruhito.
The cornerstone of Biden’s two-day go to, which incorporates conferences with the leaders of Japan, India and Australia, the “Quad,” would be the rollout afterward Monday of the Indo-Pacific Financial Framework, a broad plan offering an financial pillar to its engagement with Asia.
Biden arrived on the palace, the place he was met by Naruhito, and the 2 exchanged greetings earlier than they had been ushered inside, each sporting white masks.
Biden’s name on the Emperor will probably be adopted by talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida by which the 2 nations are anticipated to debate Japan’s plans to increase its army capabilities and attain in response to China’s rising may.
The 2 key allies are additionally anticipated reconfirm their shut ties within the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, agreeing that unilateral adjustments in the established order by power are unacceptable.
Worries are rising in Asia about an more and more assertive China, significantly in gentle of its shut ties to Russia, and tensions specifically have been rising round Taiwan, which China considers a renegade province.
North Korea and regional points will even be on the agenda, with Biden afterward Monday scheduled to satisfy with the households of Japanese who had been kidnapped years in the past to coach spies in North Korea.