Leaders Agree To Strengthen Japan - Us Alliance

Leaders agree to strengthen Japan-US alliance

Leaders of Japan and the US have wrapped up a bilateral summit.

The meeting comes as the world's focus remains on fighting in Ukraine. Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and President Joe Biden both stressed the need to keep this part of the world safe.

Kishida said, "I announced my resolve to secure a larger defense budget, and President Biden strongly supported this. We also agreed to expand and deepen our Japan-US cooperation to ensure security."

Biden said, "I applaud Prime Minister Kishida's determination to strengthen Japanese defense capabilities as well. A strong Japan and a strong US-Japan alliance is a force for good in the region."

They say they will continue to take a leading role to defend the Indo-Pacific region.

The two nations will work with South Korea to keep an eye on North Korea as it pushes forward with weapons development.

China's influence also loomed large in the talks.

Kishida said, "We stressed the importance of ensuring peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, which is an essential element for the peace and prosperity of the international community. We also urged for a peaceful solution to the cross-strait issue."

The pair's discussion of international unity extended to the United Nations.

They agreed on the need for reform, and Biden said the US would support Japan's bid to become a permanent member for the Security Council.

Kishida also used the event to announce his desire to hold next year's G7 summit in his hometown, Hiroshima.

He says this would send an important message for worldwide nuclear disarmament.