Containing China was front and center at the U.S.-Japan summit held at the White House last Friday.
Leaders of the two allies showed a united front against China, touching upon even the most sensitive issues concerning Taiwan, the Senkaku islands to growing global tech competition.
For more, Dr. Bruce Klingner, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation and former Deputy Division Chief for Korea at the CIA joins us live from Washington.
Much of the summit was focused on touchy issues invovling China.
In their Joint statement reaffirmed that the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty covers the Japan-administered Senkaku islands that would surely anger China.
It also highlighted concerns over Hong Kong clampdowns and human rights issues in Xinjiang.
What do mounting U.S.-China rivalry and stronger U.S.-Japan unity against China mean to the Indo-pacific region?
The two allies vowed to boost cooperation in advanced tech invovling 5G and semiconductor supply chains with Japan committing to a substantial 2 billion-dollar partnership with the U.S.
What does Japan gain from joining U.S. efforts to compete with China in the field, and how would the island nation balance its economic relations with China?
What roles do you expect the U.S. to play in improving Seoul-Tokyo ties that have hit another snag after Japan's announcement to discharge nuclear wastewater into the ocean?
As Biden and Suga held talks, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry visited China and South Korea to set the stage for the Leaders' Summit on Climate hosted by President Biden. Are you optimistic about Sino -U.S. cooperation in tackling climate change?
On North Korea, the two allies confirmed commitment to the North's complete denuclearization, but the joint statement did not include the term CVID, or Complete, Verifiable, and Irreversible Denuclearization. What are you reading into this, and when do you expect the Biden admin's North Korea policy to be made public?
The two also said they will continue to work with allies through Quad to build free and open Indo-Pacific, and that trilateral cooperation with S. Korea is essential to their shared security.
What do you make of Washington's continuing pressure on Seoul to join the Quad initiative?
Japanese Prime Minister Suga marked the first foreign leader to hold in-person summit with U.S. President Biden. What significance does it hold?
Dr. Klingner at the Heritage Foundation in Washington for us tonight. Thank you.