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Biden, Suga poised to present united front on Taiwan as China steps up pressure

Biden, Suga poised to present united front on Taiwan as China steps up pressure

Welcome to the Reuters.com BETA. Read our Editor's note on how we're helping professionals make smart decisions.U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Russia in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Tom BrennerU.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will present a united front on Taiwan, China’s most sensitive territorial issue, in a summit meeting on Friday, according to a senior U.S. administration official.Biden and Suga are expected to agree on a joint statement on the Chinese-claimed but democratically ruled...

April 16, 2021
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Biden, Suga to send signal to assertive China at U.S.-Japan summit

Biden, Suga to send signal to assertive China at U.S.-Japan summit

By , TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Joe Biden will highlight Tokyo’s central role in Washington’s strategy to counter the challenge of an increasingly assertive China at a summit on Friday.While that emphasis on Japan’s key status will be welcome in Tokyo, where some politicians are pushing for a tougher stance towards Beijing, it also raises questions about how far Tokyo can go to meet demands on regional defence and human rights.“This will be the precursor to a series of meetings among like-minded countries to send the right signal...

April 15, 2021
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U.S., Japan and South Korea agree to keep up pressure on North Korea

U.S., Japan and South Korea agree to keep up pressure on North Korea

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States, South Korea and Japan agreed in high-level security talks on Friday to work together to keep up pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.Slideshow In a joint statement after a day of talks, new U.S. President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, and his Japanese counterpart, Shigeru Kitamura, and South Korea’s national security adviser Suh Hoon reaffirmed their commitment to address the issue “through concerted trilateral cooperation towards denuclearization.”The three countries also agreed...

April 2, 2021
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West sanctions China over Xinjiang abuses, Beijing hits back at EU

West sanctions China over Xinjiang abuses, Beijing hits back at EU

By , BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, the European Union, Britain and Canada imposed sanctions on Chinese officials on Monday for human rights abuses in Xinjiang, the such coordinated Western action against Beijing under new U.S. President Joe Biden.Beijing hit back immediately with punitive measures against the EU that appeared broader, including European lawmakers, diplomats, institutes and families, and banning their businesses from trading with China.Western governments are seeking to hold Beijing accountable for mass detentions of Muslim Uighurs in northwestern China,...

March 22, 2021
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'Tough' U.S.-China talks signal rocky start to relations under Biden

'Tough' U.S.-China talks signal rocky start to relations under Biden

By , , ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - U.S. and Chinese officials concluded on Friday what Washington called “tough and direct” talks in Alaska, which laid bare the depth of tensions between the world’s two largest economies at the outset of the Biden administration.The two days of meetings, the first high-level in-person talks since President Joe Biden took office, wrapped up after a rare and fiery kickoff on Thursday when the two sides publicly skewered each others’ policies in front of TV cameras.The talks appeared to yield no diplomatic breakthroughs - as expected - but the bitter rivalry...

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March 19, 2021
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'Tough' U.S.-China talks signal rocky start to relations under Biden

'Tough' U.S.-China talks signal rocky start to relations under Biden

By , , ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - U.S. and Chinese officials concluded on Friday what Washington called “tough and direct” talks in Alaska, which laid bare the depth of tensions between the world’s two largest economies at the outset of the Biden administration.The two days of meetings, the first high-level in-person talks since President Joe Biden took office, wrapped up after a rare and fiery kickoff on Thursday when the two sides publicly skewered each others’ policies in front of TV cameras.The talks appeared to yield no diplomatic breakthroughs - as expected - but the bitter rivalry...

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March 19, 2021
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U.S., Chinese diplomats clash in first high-level meeting of Biden administration

U.S., Chinese diplomats clash in first high-level meeting of Biden administration

By , , ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The first high-level U.S.-China meeting of the Biden administration got off to a fiery start on Thursday, with both sides leveling sharp rebukes of the others’ policies in a rare public display that underscored the level of bilateral tension.The run-up to the talks in Anchorage, Alaska, which followed visits by U.S. officials to allies Japan and South Korea, was marked by a flurry of moves by Washington that showed it was taking a tough stance, and by blunt talk from Beijing.“We will ... discuss our deep concerns with actions by China, including in...

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March 18, 2021
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U.S., China spar with rare harsh public rebukes in first in-person talks of Biden presidency

U.S., China spar with rare harsh public rebukes in first in-person talks of Biden presidency

By , , ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The United States and China leveled sharp rebukes of each others’ policies in the first high-level, in-person talks of the Biden administration on Thursday, with deeply strained relations of the two global rivals on rare public display during the meeting’s opening session in Alaska.The United States is looking for China to change its behavior if it wants to reset sour relations, but Beijing has said Washington is full of illusions if it thinks it will compromise.Sparring in an unusually extended back-and-forth in front of cameras, U.S. Secretary of State...

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March 18, 2021
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U.S., India, Japan and Australia counter China with billion-dose vaccine pact

U.S., India, Japan and Australia counter China with billion-dose vaccine pact

By , , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and three of its closest Indo-Pacific partners committed to supplying up to a billion coronavirus vaccine doses across Asia by the end of 2022 at a summit on Friday carefully choreographed to counter China’s growing influence.President Joe Biden and the leaders of Australia, India and Japan - countries together known as the Quad - pledged at their first summit to work to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific and to cooperate on maritime, cyber and economic security, issues vital to the four democracies in the face of challenges from...

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March 12, 2021
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Biden and Japan’s Suga project unity against China’s assertiveness

Biden and Japan’s Suga project unity against China’s assertiveness

Welcome to the Reuters.com BETA. Read our Editor's note on how we're helping professionals make smart decisions.Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Joe Biden hold a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 16, 2021. REUTERS/Tom BrennerPresident Joe Biden on Friday sought to present a united front with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to counter an increasingly assertive China as the U.S. leader held his first face-to-face White House summit since taking office.The talks offered the Democratic president, inaugurated in...

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April 16, 2021
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