Key US allies in the Asia-Pacific region expressed their willingness to work with the President-elect.
Leaders of key US allies in the Asia-Pacific region spoke with President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday about pressing global issues. At the same time, President Donald Trump continues to challenge Biden’s victory in the courts, complicating the transition process.
After a 15-minute phone call with Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that they agreed to strengthen the alliance between the two countries amid China’s growing influence and the escalating nuclear threat from North Korea. “I will work with President-elect Biden to promote measures to strengthen the Japan-US Alliance,” Suga told reporters after the conversation.
Biden’s press office said he and Suga discussed “a shared commitment to fighting climate change, strengthening democracy around the world, and developing the US-Japan Alliance as the foundation of a prosperous and secure Indo-Pacific region.”
A spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that during the 14-minute conversation, Biden reaffirmed the US commitment to protecting South Korea and promised to help the country break the nuclear impasse with North Korea. A spokesman for the South Korean President said the two leaders also agreed to meet shortly after Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
Biden’s office said that the President-elect expressed a desire to strengthen the alliance between the countries, which will serve as “the core of security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.” Biden and Moon Jae-in also discussed “a mutual interest in strengthening democracy and restoring the global economy.”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that he and the US President-elect noted their commitment to strengthening bilateral relations and expressed their desire to work together to promote peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
Biden welcomed the opportunity to work closely with Morrison “to address many challenges, including containing the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting against future global health threats; countering climate change; laying the foundations for global economic recovery; strengthening democracy; maintaining a safe and prosperous Indian-Pacific region,” his press office said.
Almost all the world’s leaders have recognized Biden as President-elect, although Trump continues to claim that the results of the vote were falsified. Notable exceptions are Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President XI Jinping, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.