US President Joe Biden arrived Thursday in Japan, where he will participate from Friday to Sunday in a summit of the Group of Seven leaders in Hiroshima (west), temporarily leaving behind negotiations with the Republicans over raising the US debt ceiling.
The presidential plane, Air Force One, landed at around 16:00 (7:00 GMT) at the US base of Iwakuni, about 40 km from Hiroshima.
The US President will open his visit with a private meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in the evening before the summit.
Japan has strengthened its economic and national security alliance with the United States over the past two years.
The situation of Hiroshima, which was bombed by the United States with the first nuclear bomb in 1945 during World War II, carries a new resonance, as the United States, Japan and allies develop strategies to deal with Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine.
The US National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, said that important talks during the summit will deal with the Russian invasion.
“There will be discussions about the battlefield. The G7 leaders will work to close any loopholes in the sanctions so that their impact is maximized,” he added aboard Air Force One.
“There will be discussions about rigging around the sanctions, and the steps that the G7 will collectively commit to implementing them,” he added.
He stated that the alliance between the United States and Japan is at its highest level.
He said that the Biden-Kishida meeting aims to strengthen relations between the two countries, which have developed over the past two years, “in all fields, whether the military dimension of the alliance, the economic dimension, the agreement we recently reached on clean energy, as well as the work we are doing together in the field of security.” the economist”.
Biden visited Tokyo last year to discuss the Indo-Pacific strategy and launch a new trade framework for the region, where the US President and Kishida participated in an 85-minute dinner.
China declared boundless friendship with Russia, and the volume of trade between the two countries increased in ways that weakened the ability of financial sanctions to constrain war, according to the Associated Press.
But the United States and its allies say that China has not shipped military equipment to Russia yet, in a sign that this friendship “may have some limits.”