December 1, 2022

Biden holds bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan and President Yoon Suk-Yeol of South Korea, pulls aside Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese

Biden hold bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan and President Yoon Suk-Yeol of South Korea, pulls aside Australian PM Anthony Albanese
Biden hold bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan and President Yoon Suk-Yeol of South Korea, pulls aside Australian PM Anthony Albanese
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President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Sunday held bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan and President Yoon Suk-Yeol of South Korea at the Sokha Hotel on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He also pulled aside Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese for a chat.

The White House said that the meetings with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan and President Yoon Suk-yeol of the Republic of Korea were “to continue enhancing trilateral cooperation throughout the Indo-Pacific, particularly in regard to our joint efforts to address the ongoing threat posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.”

Details of what they discussed in private were not yet available at the time of writing this report at 4.50 a.m. the time in Washington D.C. However, attending the annual East Asia Summit (EAS) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Sunday, President Biden “reaffirmed the enduring U.S. commitment to the Indo-Pacific, with ASEAN at its center.” 

“The President reviewed efforts to deliver on his vision for an Indo-Pacific region that is free and open, connected, prosperous, resilient, and secure. President Biden underscored his commitment to working with allies and partners to strengthen health systems, promote food security, address climate change, and accelerate the clean energy transition,” the White House said in a readout. “He reviewed progress in developing an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework that provides concrete benefits to all of its fourteen members and drives enduring and broad-based economic growth throughout the Indo-Pacific. He also highlighted progress in implementing the Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness, through which the United States, Australia, Japan, and India are helping ASEAN nations and other Indo-Pacific partners to undertake marine conservation, counter illegal fishing, and respond to humanitarian disasters.”

It added, “President Biden also addressed pressing regional and global challenges. He underscored that freedom of navigation and overflight must be respected in the East China Sea and South China Sea, and that all disputes must be resolved peacefully and in accordance with international law. He reaffirmed U.S. support for the 2016 UN arbitral tribunal ruling and noted this ruling is final and legally binding. President Biden also raised concerns regarding the threats posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and he condemned Russia’s brutal and unjust war against Ukraine in the strongest terms. He raised concern regarding the deteriorating crisis in Burma, and highlighted the importance of taking further action to increase pressure on the Burmese military regime to implement the Five Point Consensus, release political prisoners, and provide for a return to the path of democracy.

“President Biden also commented on U.S.-PRC relations, underscoring that the United States will compete vigorously with the PRC and speak out regarding the PRC’s human rights abuses, while keeping lines of communication open and ensuring competition does not veer into conflict. He reaffirmed the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

President Biden will depart Cambodia on Sunday evening, local time, for Bali, Indonesia, where he will attend the G20 Leaders’ Summit, and hold a high-level bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping of China.

“In Bali, the President will commend President Widodo’s leadership of the G20 and highlight the U.S. commitment to this premier forum for economic cooperation with countries representing more than 80% of the world’s GDP,” the White House said ahead of the trip.

It added that President Biden “will work with G20 partners to address key challenges such as climate change, the global impact of Putin’s war on Ukraine, including on energy and food security and affordability, and a range of other priorities important to the global economic recovery and building a sustainable and inclusive global economy.”

Below are participants at President Biden’s bilateral meetings with Japan PM and South Korea President in Cambodia

U.S. Delegation

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

T.H. Antony Blinken, Secretary of State

T.H. Jake Sullivan, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

T.H. Rahm Emanuel, Ambassador of the United States to Japan

T.H. Kurt Campbell, Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, National Security Council

T.H. Dan Kritenbrink, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

T.H. Edgard Kagan, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for East Asia and Oceania, National Security Council

Japan Delegation
H.E. Kishida Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan

Mr. Isozaki Yoshihiko, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary

Mr. Akiba Takeo, Secretary General of the National Security Secretariat

Mr. Yamada Shigeo, Senior Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

Mr. Funakoshi Takehiro, Director-General, Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau

Mr. Shimada Takashi, Executive Secretary to the Prime Minister

Mr. Otsuru Tetsuya, Executive Secretary to the Prime Minister

Bilat with South Korea


U.S. Delegation

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

T.H. Antony Blinken, Secretary of State

T.H. Jake Sullivan, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

T.H. Kurt Campbell, Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, National Security Council

T.H. Dan Kritenbrink, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

T.H. Edgard Kagan, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for East Asia and Oceania, National Security Council

Ms. Henrietta Levin, Director for Southeast Asia, National Security Council 

South Korea Delegation

H.E. Yoon Suk-Yeol, President of the Republic of Korea

H.E. Park Jin, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Kim Sung Han, National Security Advisor

Mr. Choi Sang Mak, Senior Economic Secretary

Mr. Kim Tae Hyo, First Deputy National Security Advisor

Mr. Lee Moon Hee, Secretary to the President for Foreign Affairs

Mr. Lim Sang Woo, Director-General for North American Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs 

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