Phnom Penh, Cambodia — On Sunday, President Biden, along with the leaders of Japan and South Korea, made a joint pledge to respond in a unified and coordinated manner to North Korea’s threatening nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. Mr. Biden declared that the three-way partnership is “even more important than it’s ever been” in light of North Korea’s escalation of its provocations. Japan and South Korea are both members of the United Nations Security Council.
Before the three of them sat down together on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Cambodia, Vice President Joe Biden had individual conversations with the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, and the President of South Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol.
The president of the United States began his remarks by expressing his condolences for the deaths of more than 150 persons that occurred during Halloween celebrations in Seoul and noting that the United States shared South Korea’s grief.
Although Mr. Biden stated that the three leaders would also discuss strengthening supply chains and preserving peace across the Taiwan strait, the primary focus of the meeting was on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s recent escalations. Additionally, Mr. Biden stated that the three leaders would build on the support that their countries provide for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.
On the eve of Mr. Biden’s face-to-face meeting with President Xi Jinping, Mr. Biden intended to consult with Mr. Kishida and Mr. Yoon over how best to handle the forceful stance that China has taken in the Pacific region.
According to what Mr. Biden had to say, “We face tremendous difficulties, but our countries are more aligned than ever, and more prepared to take on those problems than ever.” As a result, I am looking forward to strengthening the ties of collaboration that exist between our three nations.
North Korea has launched scores of missiles in recent weeks, which Yoon and Kishida discussed. An intercontinental ballistic missile launched 10 days ago prompted evacuation alerts in northern Japan, and the allies warn of a potential of the isolated regime conducting its seventh nuclear test in the coming weeks.
“At a time when South Koreans are weeping in deep sadness, North Korea pressed ahead with such provocations which lays bare the Kim Jong Un regime’s true intentions,” Yoon said through an interpreter of the crowd surge in Seoul’s Itaewon area.
On Saturday, U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters that Mr. Biden will use the discussions to bolster the three countries’ reaction to North Korea, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
. “That’s particularly true with respect to the DPRK because of the common threat and challenge we all confront, but it’s also true, more broadly, about our potential to work together to strengthen regional peace and security.”
The North’s weapons tests and the U.S.-South Korea’s joint defence exercises have raised tensions on the Korean peninsula. . Bombers returned to the Korean Peninsula after December 2017. The drill included 240 warplanes, including both nations’ F-35 fighter jets.
North Korea replied by flying many warplanes into its borders.
In a wide-ranging discussion on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, Mr. Biden has said he will press Xi to utilise China’s unique influence over North Korea to curb its belligerent actions.
“China has an interest in playing a positive role in limiting North Korea’s worst tendencies,” Sullivan said Saturday. ʼ
On Sunday, Mr. Biden told reporters that he and Xi have “always had straightforward communications,” preventing “miscalculations” of their goals. Xi’s third term as leader was confirmed at the Beijing Community Party convention weeks before their encounter.
“I know I’m coming in stronger,” Mr. Biden said after Democrats retained Senate control in the November elections.
Since Mr. Biden was elected, Monday’s meeting will be their first in person. U.S. officials have been frustrated that lower-level Chinese officials have been unable or unwilling to speak for Xi, and they hope the face-to-face summit would allow progress on common concerns and, more importantly, a shared awareness of each other’s limitations.
Mr. Biden added, “I know him well, he knows me.” “We simply have to figure out where the red lines are and what’s most essential to each of us heading into the next two years.”
Mr. Biden has repeatedly criticised China for human rights abuses against the Uyghur people and other ethnic minorities, Beijing’s crackdowns on democracy activists in Hong Kong, coercive trade practises, military provocations against self-ruled Taiwan, and disagreements over Russia’s war against Ukraine.
The Biden administration’s approach to Taiwan, which Beijing wants to join with the communist mainland, has been attacked by Xi’s government as compromising China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. As Beijing seeks to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy, the Chinese president has implied that Washington intends to limit Beijing’s power.