Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is scheduled to visit India and the Philippines later this month. His visit is seen as a step towards strengthening Japan’s friendship with the two countries in light of rising tensions in East and Southeast Asia surrounding China.
Sugar plans to visit India amid tensions over China
Tensions have recently risen in China’s border areas with India. Meanwhile, China’s presence in the South China Sea has made the Philippines uneasy. The visit of the Prime Minister of Japan is going to be held in this situation.
Observers speculate that the Japanese prime minister may now be taking steps to further expand the four-nation alliance known as the Quad. The alliance of Japan, the United States, Australia and India is rumored to be trying to co-operate with China. None of the four countries have yet commented on the rumors. But the four countries say their alliance is not about aggression against anyone, but about ensuring free and open sea movement in India and the Pacific.
Before visiting India and the Philippines, Japanese Prime Minister Suga will visit the country next week to meet with US President Joe Biden.
Sugar is scheduled to meet with Biden on April 17. This meeting will be their first meeting. Not only that, after being sworn in as President of the United States on January 20, Biden will welcome a foreign leader to the White House for the first time on April 18.
Sugar is scheduled to meet with Biden on April 17. This meeting will be their first meeting. Not only that, after being sworn in as President of the United States on January 20, Biden will welcome a foreign leader to the White House for the first time on April 18. In addition to discussing ways to make the quad more effective, the meeting will also focus on handling China. However, the Japanese government says Japan will highlight the importance of easing tensions at the meeting.
There are no signs of coronavirus infection coming under control. Meanwhile, East Asia is suddenly heating up again. China claims that the United States is trying to include Asian countries in Western allegations of human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. Although the US allies have taken some steps in this regard, Japan is still silent. Experts believe that the Biden-Suga meeting could put pressure on the Japanese Prime Minister on this issue. Even during the India tour, the issue may come to the fore unexpectedly.