The US and Japan pledged to invest $ 4.5 billion in the 5G race

The US and Japan will jointly invest in technology areas such as 5G, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, genomics, and semiconductor supply chains.

US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga co-chaired the joint press conference at the Rose Garden, the White House on April 16. Photo: AFP

US President Joe Biden confirmed this at a joint press conference on April 16 after a high-level meeting on the same day with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the White House.

The two leaders’ joint statement stated that the US pledged to invest $ 2.5 billion and Japan spent $ 2 billion to enhance digital competitiveness, including 5G and post-5G networks.

“Japan and the US are both investing deeply in innovation and looking forward to the future”, stressed President Biden. “We will definitely invest and protect technologies that will maintain and enhance our competitive edge,” added Mr. Biden.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian (Zhao Lijian) said China expressed serious concern about “collusion” between Japan and the US, and that the two countries should consider one. seriously the Chinese concern.

Speaking to a later think tank in Washington, Prime Minister Suga said Japan would state what needed to be with China and speak out about human rights; while emphasizing the need to establish a stable, constructive relationship with Beijing.

The Reuters news agency citing a joint statement by the two leaders of the US and Japan, affirmed that the two sides “share serious concerns” about the human rights situation in Hong Kong and China’s Xinjiang region – where Washington says that that Beijing is waging a genocide against Muslim Uighurs. Meanwhile, China has denied the allegations of abuse.

Japan is not expected to take strong action on allegations of human rights violations because of fears that a backlash could harm Japanese companies doing business in China. Meanwhile, China is Japan’s largest trading partner.

President Joe Biden seems determined to bring US-Japan relations back on track with Prime Minister Suga. Over the past four years, under former President Donald Trump, Washington has once punished allies in Asia and elsewhere for Mr Trump’s assumption of defense spending and aiding the presence of the US military. in these areas are ineffective and question the merits of military alliances.

According to Reuters, meeting this time with Prime Minister Suga and a summit South Korea is scheduled for next May, President Biden hopes to advance joint efforts with Australia, India, and Japan in “Diamond quartet”, as well as with South Korea to deal with China and Korea.