Biden talks partnership plans with Japan

President Joe Biden unveiled a series of commitments he has agreed to with the Prime Minister of Japan. (April 16)

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PRESIDENT BIDEN: We committed to working together to take on the challenges from China and on issues like the East China Sea, the South China Sea, as well as North Korea to ensure a future of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Japan and the United States are two strong democracies in the region, and we're committed. We're committed to defending and advancing our shared values, including human rights and the rule of law.

We're gonna work together to prove that democracies can still compete and win in the 21st century. We can deliver for our people and the face of a rapidly changing world.

So today we're announcing a new competitive in reliance partnership, CoRe, between Japan and the United States that will enhance our ability, enhance our ability to meet the pressing challenges of our time, together meet those challenges. Top of our agenda is, of course, getting the pandemic under control, and helping our friends and neighbors throughout the Indo-Pacific region to recover.

We're also going to do more beyond this pandemic to advance longer-term goals for health security, reform of the World Health Organization, and establishing a new partnership, a new partnership on health security to build better preparedness for the next pandemic. Because there will be others.

Secondly, Japan and the United States are both deeply invested in innovation and looking to the future. That includes making sure we invest in and protect the technologies that will maintain and sharpen our competitive edge. And those technologies are governed by shared democratic norms that we both share, norms set by democracies, not by autocracies. Japan and the United States are both committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. And we know to do that will require setting and meeting our 2030 goals.