TOKOYO — The world is “navigating through a dark hour in our shared history” with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, US President Joe Biden told his key Asian allies on Tuesday. The war has now become a “world problem”, underscoring the importance of upholding the international order, he said.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida echoed his comments, saying a similar invasion should not happen in Asia.
Mr Biden was meeting the leaders of Japan, Australia and India in Tokyo during his first visit to Asia as president.
The four countries known collectively as the Quad discussed security and economic issues, including China’s growing influence in the region and differences over the Russian invasion.
Mr Biden’s comments came a day after he warned China it was ‘flirting with danger’ over Taiwan and pledged to militarily protect Taiwan if China attacked, appearing to contradict long-standing US policy On the question.
It was later reported that Russian and Chinese warplanes had approached Japanese airspace as part of a joint military patrol, prompting Tokyo to announce it had sent jets in response .
Russian officials said the flight over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea was part of an annual military exercise.
Mr Kishida told a news conference that timing the exercise to coincide with today’s summit was “provocative”.
The statement, which follows a summit meeting of the four members of the so-called Quad alliance, comes with international pressure on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine and growing concern over whether Beijing could attempt to take over autonomous Taiwan by force.
“While Russia’s invasion of Ukraine undermines the fundamental principles of the international order…(we) confirmed that unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force will never be tolerated anywhere, in especially in the Indo-Pacific region,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said. mentioned.
The meeting was attended by US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Kishida.
In a joint statement, the leaders specifically referenced “the militarization of contested elements, the dangerous use of Coast Guard vessels and maritime militias, and efforts to disrupt the offshore resource exploitation activities of others.” country” – all the activities that China is accused of carrying out on a regional scale. . But they avoided explicitly condemning China or Russia. After talks in Tokyo, the Quad countries also agreed on a new maritime surveillance initiative that is expected to step up monitoring of Chinese activities in the region.
And they announced a plan to spend at least $50 billion on infrastructure projects and investments in the region over the next five years.
| Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says a similar invasion
should not arrive in Asia