America will not be dragged into a conflict with China

US President Joe Biden met the leaders of Japan and South Korea on Sunday to coordinate their response to the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, as well as to seek input on managing China’s assertive posture in the Pacific region, on the eve of an upcoming face-to-face meeting with the Chinese leader. Xi Jinping.

Biden held separate meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol. Then the three leaders sat together on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Cambodia.

At the meeting, Biden said, “We face real challenges, but our nations are more aligned than ever.”

  US President Joe Biden during his meeting today with the leaders of Japan and South Korea

US President Joe Biden during his meeting today with the leaders of Japan and South Korea

Yoon and Kishida discussed the ongoing manifestations of aggression by North Korea, which has launched dozens of missiles in recent weeks.

Earlier in the day, Biden told Asian leaders that the lines of communication between the United States and China would remain open to prevent conflict, at the conclusion of the first of three summits involving world leaders this week.

And in his word In front of the East Asian Summit “ASEAN” in CambodiaBiden said the United States would continue to compete with China and openly criticize its human rights record, but stressed the importance of peace in the Taiwan Strait and ensuring freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

The White House said in a statement that Biden also condemned the Russian military operation in Ukraine, which he described as a “brutal and brutal invasion” and the threat of North Korean missile tests. He also called on Myanmar’s military rulers to stick to a peace plan they agreed with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The statement quoted Biden as saying with regard to China that “the United States will compete aggressively… and at the same time will keep the lines of communication open and ensure Competition does not turn into conflict“.

Southeast Asia will also host the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, this week, before which Biden will meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for the first time since taking office, at a time when the relations of the two superpowers have fallen to their lowest level in decades.

The war in Ukraine is expected to dominate discussions in Bali as well as at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Bangkok this weekend. Discussions will also touch on global climate commitments, food security, tension in the Taiwan Strait, the situation in the South China Sea and North Korea’s missile launches.

Eighteen countries, which together account for half the size of the world’s economy, participated in the East Asia Summit on Sunday, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) along with Japan, South Korea, China, India, the United States, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit "ASEAN" In the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will represent President Vladimir Putin at the summits. Lavrov accused the West today of militarizing Southeast Asia to undermine Chinese and Russian interests in this important part of the world.

He said at a press conference in Phnom Penh: “The United States and its allies in NATO They are trying to take over this arena“.

He added that Biden’s strategy for the Indo-Pacific region, which the US president sought to promote vigorously during the meeting, is an attempt to bypass the “comprehensive structures” of regional cooperation.

At a separate press conference, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said his brief discussions with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang the previous day were constructive and positive, raising expectations of a formal summit with Xi.

Australia’s relations with China have deteriorated in the past few years. Albanese added, “I have said many times about the relationship with China that we should cooperate wherever possible…Dialogue is always a good thing.”

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