FUMIO KISHIDA NEW PM OF JAPAN, CHINA PLACATES, BACKING FROM BIDEN

Ex diplomat Fumio Kishida who won the LDP leadership election against Taro Kono was appointed as Prime Minister of Japan on 4 October. World leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and US President Joe Biden congratulated their newly elected counterpart and that the world is looking forward to working with the country under the new leadership. Modi said he is expecting to strengthen  India-Japan relationship and global partnership.

“Congratulations and best wishes to the new Prime minister of Japan, H E Kishida Fumio. I look forward to working with him to further strengthen the India-Japan Special strategic and Global partnership and advance peace and prosperity in our region and beyond”, PM Modi tweeted in the Japanese language.

The newly elected leader on Tuesday said he received a strong message from Joe Biden regarding the commitment to defending the disputed East China Sea islets known as the Senkaku islands. The leaders spoke over the phone for 20mins regarding keeping up a free and open Indo-Pacific region. “We confirmed that we would work together toward the strengthening of the Japan-US alliance and free and open Indo-Pacific”, Kishida said at a press conference after the talk.

However Chinese media has taken a placating tone with the new PM in the hope for better relations, says foreign policy experts. But all of this depends on the new PM’s stand on Taiwan. Chinese president XI Jinping sent a congratulatory message to Kishida, and Beijing has toned down its anti-Japan rhetoric.

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