China accused the United States and Japan of “linking up” to them on Saturday, following talks between the two nations on a range of geopolitical issues, including China’s global expansion.
At the first face-to-face meeting at the White House since President Biden took office, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the two leaders discussed the “severe security environment” and the actions of the Republic. People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the Indo-Pacific region.
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The two countries discussed not only China’s increased military involvement in the South China Sea and the security measures the PRC is using to pressure Taiwan, but also human rights violations in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
“The United States and Japan are joining forces to form cliques and stir up confrontation between the blocs,” the Foreign Office said in a statement on Saturday. “This anachronistic decision goes against the aspiration for peace, development and cooperation shared by the overwhelming majority of countries in the region and beyond.”
Tensions between China and the United States have increased after the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, but Japan has had its own qualms with its Pacific neighbor.
In a statement following the bilateral talks, Japan and the United States expressed concern over China’s military involvement around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
The islands, also known as Diaoyu Dao, are uninhabited and administered by Japan, but claimed by China.
“Taiwan and Diaoyu Dao are both Chinese territory. Hong Kong and Xinjiang issues are purely China’s internal affairs,” the Foreign Ministry said. “China has unquestionable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and the waters surrounding them.”
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The US-Japan meeting came just days after 22 Chinese planes flew into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, including fighter jets and nuclear-capable bombers.
The US Navy has in turn increased its presence in the Taiwan Strait, and Biden said the United States, as well as Japan, were “determined to work together to meet China’s challenges.”
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