Suga faces U.S. pressure to confront China

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IslamNews – Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan is visiting Washington this week, the first foreign leader to be invited to the White House by President Biden.

As relations warm between the two countries, Japan faces a perilous moment with the U.S. pushing Mr. Suga to squarely address China.

China has repeatedly ignored diplomatic or legal efforts to contain its aggressive actions in both the South China and East China Seas, and some say Japan needs to be more specific about what it might do in the event of a military conflict. Perhaps the biggest risk is in the Taiwan Strait, where China has been dispatching warplanes.

“The U.S.-Japan alliance is at a crossroads,” said Jennifer Lind, a specialist in East Asian international security. “The alliance has to decide how do we want to respond to the growing threat from China?”

Economists expect China to report that its economy grew by 18 to 19 percent in the first three months of the year compared with the same period in 2020, a jaw-dropping figure that shows China’s remarkable post-pandemic surge.

Source: The New York Times