According to Yoshihide Suga, this Union “will be the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom in the Indo-Pacific region.”
The new Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, considers the alliance with the United States based on his foreign policy and intends to build on it to develop relations with the surrounding countries’ regions. He said this on Monday during his first program speech in Parliament, which was broadcast by the national public television.
“The Alliance with the United States is the main axis of our diplomacy and security policy,” the Prime Minister said. “It will be the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom in the Indo – Pacific region.”
As the main goal of his foreign policy, Prime Minister Suga pointed to “building a free and open Indo-Pacific region based on the rule of law, in cooperation with countries that share common values with us.” In addition to the United States, he included the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Australia, India, and members of the European Union.
The Prime Minister called Japan’s relations with China extremely important for the region and the entire world community.
“Using high-level contacts,” he said, “we will cooperate with China on common issues and at the same time defend what should be defended in relation to it.” Earlier, Tokyo has repeatedly accused Beijing of opacity in its military programs and protested against China’s claims to the Senkaku Islands, which are under Tokyo’s control.
In his speech, the Japanese Prime Minister also expressed his readiness to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un without preconditions personally. However, Suga stressed the need to solve problems related, in particular, to Pyongyang’s nuclear missile program.