Joe Biden is touring Asia for the first time since taking office.

After visiting South Korea, the US president arrived in Japan on Sunday.

Between trade agreements and threatening statements,

20 Minutes

takes stock of this diplomatic journey.

Hands off Taiwan

According to Joe Biden, China is "flirting with danger" on the question of Taiwan.

The American president warned on Monday in Tokyo that the United States would defend Taiwan militarily if Beijing invaded the autonomous island.

"That's the commitment we made," Joe Biden said when asked at a press conference if the United States would intervene militarily against a Chinese attempt to seize this territory by force. .

“We agreed with the one China policy, we signed it (…) but the idea that [Taiwan] can be taken by force is simply not appropriate,” he said. he says.

Surveillance of Chinese naval activity

Definitely, if the democrat has not set foot in the Middle Kingdom, Beijing seems to have been at the center of his tour in Asia.

At a joint conference, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that Japan and the United States "will monitor the recent activities of the Chinese navy, as well as the movements related to the joint exercises of China and Russia. ".

"We strongly oppose attempts to change the status quo by force in the East China Sea and the South China Sea," Fumio Kishida said.

"In addition, we agreed to jointly deal with various China-related issues, including human rights," he added.

Economic partnership

Joe Biden also announced the launch of a new economic partnership in Asia-Pacific with 13 first participating countries, including the United States and Japan but not China, which sees this project with a dim view.

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) is not a free trade agreement, but provides for further integration among its member countries in four key areas: digital economy, supply chains, green energy and the fight against corruption.

"It's a commitment to work with our close friends and partners in the region on the challenges that matter most to ensuring economic competitiveness in the 21st century," said the US president.

Russia in the sights

Joe Biden also took advantage of his Asia tour to talk about Russia.

The US president said she had to "pay a long-term price" for her "barbarism in Ukraine" in terms of sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies.

However, "it's not just about Ukraine," said the US president.

Because if “the sanctions were not maintained in many respects, then what signal would that send to China about the cost of an attempt to take Taiwan by force?

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