tv Pres. Biden Japanese Prime Minister Hold News Conference CSPAN May 24, 2022 5:37am-6:22am EDT
in order to realize a free and open independent and reliance an old -- an open and free international i will will -- i would now like to give to the -- i would now like to give the floor to president biden of the united states. pres. biden: thank you for the warm welcome you have given me here in japan. the united states has been stronger, deeper and more -- as we work together to take on the challenges just that important as the arbors entities of a rapidly changing world. and great example of this,
coming out here after lunch, space corporations taking off, stores the moon and mars. i am excited the work we will do together on the gateway station around them moan and i look forward to the first japanese ash not joining us to a mission a part of this program. tomorrow, we are going to meet with our federal core departments. australia and india for our fourth leader world summit. our second time getting together in for -- in person. the quad showing the world cooperation in democracy can get things done. i am grateful for your leadership. and you for bringing this all together again to keep driving our progress as we advance. today we made several commitments to further increase our -- operation.
to work together for ensuring -- to our comprehensive and -- partnership which we announced last year, we are in if -- information now with concrete progress round people. for our partners in the region, strengthening supply-chain resilience. batteries and critical minerals. responding to covid-19 and building a greater health care system is also a part of the future. helping the world prepare for the next pandemic is our new cdc regional office right here in japan. operating on clean energy --
japan and the united states with another oracle organizations -- two ensuring economic competitiveness in the 21st century. protecting workers, strengthening supply chains and tackling corruption that have robbed nations of their bit abilities to serve its citizens. the two largest democracies, economic economies in the democratic world, the united states and japan, are demonstrating strength of democracies in action. our cooperation has been vital in organizing the global response to hold putin accountable for his attacks on
the norms and principles of the normal order. mr. prime minister, you have been outstanding throughout this crisis. and our unity in the g7 to impose the economic cost on russia and support the people of ukraine is sending a strong message to our willingness to defend a world based international order. i am looking forward to discussing the summit in germany and returning to japan next year in 2023 for the g7 summit. i welcome the prime minister's announcement, the g7 summit, will take place in his hometown of hiroshima. the united states remains fully committed to japan's defense. we welcome the opportunity to work more closely together in an increasingly challenge security environment. i applaud the prime minister's decision to strengthen japanese defense capabilities.
a strong japan and a strong u.s. japan alliance is a force for good in the region. i support the peace and stability that is going to continue, we hope increase and . promote freedom of navigation in the east china seas, to deter the people of korea. thank you, mr. prime minister, for your partnership and friendship. the alliance between our two countries are stronger than it has ever been and it is as important as it has ever been. thank you very much, mr. president, i appreciate your hospitality. mr. kishida: thank you very much , we will now accept questions from the press. >> first a japanese a japanese
journalist to be followed by a u.s. journalist. those of you have a question, please raise your hand. for the japanese journalist i will appoint the journalist and the u.s. journalist will be appointed by the president. please come to the closest microphone. identify yourself and your affiliation please speak clear , in your questions. due to infection prevention please keep your facial masks , when delivering your question. japanese journalists, are there any questions? front row? translator: prime minister, president biden, thank you. first, prime minister, with the russian aggression of ukraine,
prime minister, you have been saying security of europe and security of the indo pacific are inseparable. in today's meeting, did you talk about response to china? how did you analyze the current status? of the cross straits relations? explain how the u.s. will respond in contingency, what was the request from the u.s. side regarding japanese response? did did you explain -- did you explain the and it be based strategy, what did you explain in the context? mr. kishida: thank you for your question. first of all a today summit meeting, as we got to the taiwan strait issue, we confirmed that basic stances of two countries remains to be unchanged and
underscored the importance of peace, which is an understandable element of security for the international community. peaceful resolutions of cros s -- cross strait issues. in the region, security-related is getting severe. you attempt to change the aggression, should never be tolerated in the indo pacific. in asia, it is indispensable to further strengthen u.s.-japan alliance. based on the shared awareness, i have said that we must force japan's defense capability and a
substantial increase of the defense budget needed. president biden strongly supported it. also for myself, i have included the strike capability, all of the options will be there, not to exclude anyone of them and this is what i said to the president in the indo pacific region, to ensure the peace and authority of the international community it is the cornerstone of the japan-u.s. alliance, the strengthening of the alliance we like to remain in close coordination with japan and the united states. thank you. >> i have a president for the
japanese prime minister. during your trip to asia, you promoted the investments by samsung and hyundai, but back home in the united states americans are dealing with record high inflation. the fed has raised interest rates to try and address those issues. they are also -- there are also enormously high gas prices. given the crosscurrents of the economy right now, the war in ukraine, the china lockdowns we have seen, should americans be prepared for a recession? in your view, is a recession in the united states inevitable? pres. biden: no. >> why not? pres. biden: you are talking about the significant progress we have made in making sure we do not have supply-chain backups, about the 8000 jobs hyundai is going to be bringing to georgia.
3000 jobs to texas and samsung, $17 billion investment. toyota, 1700 jobs in north carolina on battery technology. the situation where we have created over 8 million new jobs. where unemployment is down 3.6%. as if there is a problem. imagine where we would be with putin's tax and the worn ukraine had not made that a norm is progress -- that enormous progress. where our gdp is going to grow faster than china's in 40 years. does that mean we do not have problems? we do. we have problems the rest of the world has but less consequential than the rest of the world has, because of our internal growth and strength. when it comes to the gas prices, we are going through an incredible transition that is
taking place god willing, when , it is over, we will be stronger. the less we rely on fossil fuels when this is over. you see what europe is doing relative to the deportation of russian gas. i will not go through it all. what i have been able to do from keeping it getting worse, it is bad. the price of gas at the pump is a matter of great discussion, it -- at my kitchen table as a kid growing up it is affecting a lot , of families. we have released over 257 million barrels. it has helped, but it has not been enough. we find ourselves in a situation where we have food shortages because of ukraine. there are millions of bushels of grain being held up in ukraine that would fundamentally impact the market in terms of bringing down food prices across the board.
we are finding ourselves in a position where we are working very hard with american farmers and american agricultural products, fertilizer, a whole range of things. this is going to be a haul. in the meantime, the best thing i can do, in addition to try and get the middle eastern countries, including opec, to raise their production of oil and move along that route is to continue to grow our economy, create jobs. the other thing is, i know you do not want to talk about it right now, i will not take up the time. there is a second way to impact inflation in terms of people's daily cost. if you are able to have childcare at 7% of your income, if you are in a position where you are able to provide a tax
cut for middle-class people and working-class people, those things would be helpful. when we have a 50-50 senate, that means we have 50 presidents. i am having trouble getting some of these things past. we are not going to give up. we are going to keep pushing. >> can i follow on one point, secretary yellen said recently some of the tariffs on chinese imports impose more harm on consumers businesses, and are not strategic. do you share that view and are you considering taking down some of those tariffs? pres. biden: i am talking with the secretary when we get home. i am considering it. we do not impose any of those tariffs, and are under consideration. >> prime minister kishida, we are going to be hearing more of this indo pacific economic forum today. what message do you hope that it
sends to china in the global market, and do you see this as a potential precursor to some type of trade pact, given the political situation in the united states dealing with dpp? mr. kishida: thank you for the question. united states and indo pacific region is going to make the norm and is highly interested. in the united states is -- it is something we have value in japan. regarding the gpp, we are hoping for a return of the united states, but even with the gpp, it is important we proceed with discussions.
that attitude of the united unit -- united states is wholeheartedly welcomed by the japanese government, we would like to support the global initiative. china, right now in the indo pacific region, is demonstrating significant economic presence, that is true. but look into the substance of their presence. are they abiding by international rules? what about development of finance? are they caring about sustainable initiatives? they have to do that, because they are a major power. they have significant responsibility, even in the economic field. they have to live up to that responsibility. japan will cooperate with the united states, and china. between -- persuade them to live up to the responsibilities and
abide by international rules. we think that such attitude is very important, thank you. >> once again, question from japanese reporter, please raise your hand. >> prime minister, president biden, nice to meet you. have a question -- i have a question. you said it was different from the gbp -- gpp. what is the role that japan will be playing?
there was expectations expressed for the united states to come back to gpp. what is the response he received a? -- received? mr. kishida: under the leadership of president biden shortly after the press conference there will be official -- the official launch. the ceremony is slated to take place. i have said this before but, this is a demonstration of the positive commitment of the united states to the indo pacific. japan welcomes such steps and we are in full support. i'm going to join president biden to participate in the inauguration ceremony. it is important to realize the
symbol and inclusive economic growth in the indo pacific. your question, you asked about the concern of some countries, doing things that there is very little merit or advantage. we are going to discuss ways matters not only with the united states but regional partners in order to strongly deliver concrete results. this is a venue to engage in positive discussion for cooperation. through such initiatives, we want to deliver concrete and specific results. that will serve as specific and actual advantage for merit. for those countries. you asked a question about gpp. of of u.s. engagement in the
international order of the indo pacific, we want the united states to be engaged from the economic perspective as well. it remains unchanged. we think it is desirable for the united states to return to the gpp. so, japan hopes to see u.s. come back to the gpp. during the meeting, i directly communicated our hopes to the president. i will not make any further detailed comment since it pertains to the diplomatic exchanges. finally, i invite questions from the u.s. press. >> thank you so much.
i have a question for the prime minister, but first, to you, mr. president. we are dealing with one global pandemic, you said yesterday that monkeypox is something that everyone should be concerned about. there are a few confirmed cases in the u.s., and some countries are imposing 21 day quarantines for people who are infected or exposed. should americans expect something similar? pres. biden: i do not think so. we have had monkeypox in larger numbers in the past. we have vaccines to take care of it. thus far, there does not seem to be a need for any kind of extra effort beyond what is going on. i do not think it rises to the level of a kind of concern that has existed with covid-19, the smallpox vaccine works for it. i think people should be
careful. >> do you think the u.s. has enough smallpox vaccines stockpiled? pres. biden: i think we have enough to deal with the likelihood of the problem. >> mr. prime minister, can you tell us how japan would respond if china were to invade or try to take over taiwan? how do you hope the u.s. would respond if that were to happen you -- were to happen? if you could tell us how the u.s. is prepared to respond, we would appreciate it. mr. kishida: thank you. on taiwan, in the summit meeting, it was brought up in our discussion. the situation in the taiwan straits. the fundamental position of
japan and the united states was reaffirmed, there was no change. we stated the importance of peace and stability of the taiwan straits, which is fundamental to international order, and the peaceful resolution of the straits should be pursued. we confirm. in asia, we are against unilateral attempts to change a status quo by force in asia, all the more so because of such position, regarding the situation in ukraine, we think it is inter-miscible. that is why we are cooperating with the international corporation, we decided to participate in strong sanctions and we are providing humanitarian assistance. in asia as well peace and , stability must be upheld and defended. in order to defend peace and
stability, in asia, we will drastically upgrade and strengthen our defense capabilities. united states is the only ally for japan. japan-u.s. alliance is very important, we have to strengthen this alliance to defend peace and stability of the region. that is our belief. in so doing, extend the torrents and response by the united states must be reliable. we have full confidence including strengthening of the japan-u.s. alliance is important. we hope that as many members of the general public will have even deeper confidence on this alliance so that will lead to regional peace and stability. i look forward to cooperating with president biden to that end. pres. biden: our policy toward
taiwan has not changed at all. we remain committed to supporting peace and stability across the taiwan straits, and ensuring there is no unilateral change of the status quo. i would add that why it is so important that putin pay a dear price for his barbarism in ukraine. the idea that, on your station today, and every other station in america, they are showing bombings of a school, no military purpose, schools, hospitals, daycare centers all , of the things, museums. blowing up museums. i believe what putin is attempting to do is eliminate the identity of ukraine. the identity. he cannot occupy it, but he can try to destroy its identity. the reason i thought i would mention that is, he has to pay.
russia has to pay a long-term price for that, in terms of the sanctions that have been imposed. the reason i say this, it is not just about ukraine, after all he has done, there is reproach between ukrainians and russia, the sanctions are not continuing to be sustained in many ways. what signal does that send to china about the cost of attempting to take taiwan by force? they are already flirting with danger by flying so close, the maneuvers they have undertaken. the united states is committed. we have made a commitment. we support the one china policy, but that does not mean that china has the jurisdiction to use force to take over taiwan. we stand firmly with japan and
other nations not to let that happen. my expectation is, it will not happen, it will not be attempted. my expectation is, and a lot of it depends upon just how strong the world makes clear that that kind of action is going to result in long-term disapprobation by the rest of the community. >> you did not want to get involved in the ukraine conflict militarily. are you willing to get involved militarily to defend taiwan? pres. biden: yes. >> you are? pres. biden: that's the commitment we made. here is the situation. we agreed with a one china policy. we signed on to it. all the agreements made from there. the idea that it can be taken by force, is not appropriate.
it will dislocate the entire region and be another action similar to what happened in ukraine. it is a burden that is even stronger. thank you, very much. appreciate it. >> thank you very much this will be the end of the joint press conference by the prime minister and president biden, thank you very much for your cooperation. the prime minister and president will leave the room first. you are requested it to remain seated as the leaders leave the room until you are shown out.