Watch Live: Biden welcomes Japan’s leader as he rallies allies to counter China

Prime Minister, you and I met just about a month ago, during the Quad summit, which was a meeting with the United States, with our allies — Japan, with Australia, and with India — where we had extensive conversations about a collaboration and a friendship around some of the biggest challenges facing our world.”A senior Biden administration official told reporters on Thursday that the two leaders will announce a Japanese commitment to a $2 billion initiative “to work on 5G and next steps beyond 5G” in partnership with the U.S. It’s been a wild ride for global apparel brands like H&M, Nike, Gap and other popular retailers. Biden for the warm welcome and called the United States Japan’s “best friend.” The importance of the alliance has reached new heights, Suga said. seeks to enlist allies in confronting Beijing’s military expansion and human rights abuses. But Tokyo has never been under greater pressure to take a stand. 
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U.S. Biden talked of the “personal bonds” between the United States and Japan, and said those bonds will keep the relationship vibrant for decades to come.Through a translator, Suga thanked Mr. But independent investigators have never been allowed into what’s been described as a hyper-policed surveillance state. Biden and Suga met, Vice President Kamala Harris met briefly with the prime minister.”The President and I are very excited about the conversations we will have with the Prime Minister today,” she said. Watch Live: Biden welcomes Japan’s prime minister to White House as he tries to counter China

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Tokyo — President Joe Biden’s held his first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader in Washington on Friday, sitting down with Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. State Department says the Uighurs have been subjected to “forced sterilization, coerced abortions,” rape, torture and other acts in Xinjiang.It’s an ethnic assault that has been compared to Nazi Germany. But when multinational retailers stopped sourcing cotton from Xinjiang, they saw sales in China plunge by as much as 20%, according to Shanghai-based market researcher Shaun Rein.American brands, Rein says, are stuck between “a rock and a hard place: If they heed American human rights activists, they will face boycotts in China. and human rights groups have accused China of engaging in “genocide and crimes against humanity” in Xinjiang. If they don’t criticize Chinese labor practices, they face boycotts in the United States.”

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Beijing has flooded the internet with a propaganda blitz, portraying life in Xinjiang as idyllic, with its ethnic minorities happily co-existing under a benevolent government. China has been sanctioned for human rights abuses by every major industrialized country — except Japan. ” As you know, Mr. Biden’s response strengthened his confidence in America’s commitment to democracy. 

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“I think the idea of the visit is to underscore what we would really describe as almost an axiom or a maxim for the U.S. role in the region: The United States can only be effective in Asia when the U.S.-Japan relationship is strong and Japan is steady and stable,” the official said.China is also expected to figure prominently in their discussions, as the U.S. Suga also said through a translator that he and Mr. A look at China’s efforts to silence Muslims

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In addition to “the arbitrary imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty of more than one million civilians,” the U.S. Many in Tokyo say Japan’s traditional, so-called “all talk, no action” form of diplomacy is no longer sustainable.Tama University professor Akira Igata told CBS News that support is growing in Japan’s parliament to legalize sanctions — a favorite tool in the arsenal of the United States and many other powerful, wealthy nations — against countries like China and Myanmar. The companies have faced a major blowback from consumers in China after calling out alleged Chinese repression of the country’s Uighur minority in the northwest region of Xinjiang.”Our patriotism has been sparked,” said one Chinese man of the backlash. “People are taking this opportunity to express their love for the nation.”

“Now that they have come here to slander China, then I don’t think I will shop at H&M,” said another Beijing resident.Citing witness accounts and satellite data, the U.S. “If we keep on saying we are afraid of China retaliation, then Japan [will] end up as a country which can’t say anything against China and we can’t do anything against China.”China is Japan’s top trading partner, and sanctioning Beijing carries heavy risk. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

“For Japan it’s necessary to show action, put money where their mouth is,” Igata said. Their talks addressed a range of issues, from climate change to the coronavirus pandemic and North Korea. 

Ahead of the press conference, Mr. Suga also said he spoke with Mr. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, April 15, 2021. Biden about racist aggressions against Asians around the world, and said Mr. ETLocation: The White House Rose Garden, Washington, D.C.Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming deviceBefore Mr. Biden had “serious talks” about China, and about the need to oppose any forceful moves from China to alter the status quo.