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Beijing will be watching Suga-Biden talks closely

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17.04.2021

A series of important incidents and events have preceded Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s first face-to-face summit meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington. These mostly serious and often ominous politico and military developments that have occurred in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere in the world include:

  • On April 8, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations committee chairman said a China-focused bipartisan agreement was reached on a Strategic Competition Act of 2021.
  • On April 10, Russia was reported to have tried to test the U.S. by deploying a massive military force, it’s largest in years, near the Ukrainian border, both on land and at sea.
  • On April 11, a purported covert cyber-operation by Israel destroyed or damaged nuclear-related equipment at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility.
  • On April 12, Taiwan said China flew 25 warplanes into its air defense identification zone, reportedly the largest breach since last September.
  • On April 13, an Israeli-owned ship was attacked near the shores of the Fujairah Emirate in the United Arab Emirates.
  • On April 13, The 2020 U.S. Threat Assessment Report warns that China poses one of the largest threats to the United States.
  • On April 14, Biden said U.S. troops in Afghanistan would be gradually withdrawn starting May 1, with the process to be completed by Sept. 11.

Naturally, these incidents have caused a degree of alarm in Tokyo but, from a broader perspective, they could also ultimately test the viability of the........

© The Japan Times


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