US President-elect Joe Biden stressed the need to maintain a safe and prosperous Indo-Pacific region in phone calls with the leaders of Australia, Japan and South Korea.
According to readings from his transition team’s calls, Biden spoke by phone Wednesday to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
These were congratulations from the three heads of state and government after Biden’s historic victory in the November 3rd elections.
In his call to Morrison, Biden underlined that the United States and Australia share both values and history, noting that the two countries have fought side by side in every conflict since World War I.
Biden said he looks forward to working closely with Morrison on many shared challenges, including containing the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting against future global health threats. Combating climate change; Laying of the foundation stone for the recovery of the global economy; Strengthening democracy and maintaining a safe and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.
The president-elect in his phone conversation with Suga thanked him for his congratulations and praised him for his steadfast leadership amid a transition in government for Japan.
Biden underlined his deep commitment to the defense of Japan and US obligations under Article V, and expressed a strong desire to further strengthen the US-Japan alliance in new areas.
“They discussed the need to work together on COVID-19, build resilience to future global health crises, and begin the global economy recovery. They also discussed their joint commitment to tackling climate change, strengthening democracy around the world, and empowering the US. The Japanese alliance as the cornerstone of a prosperous and safe Indo-Pacific region, “the ad said.
In his phone call with Moon, Biden expressed his desire to strengthen the US-Korea alliance as the linchpin for security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
The president-elect praised Moon’s strong leadership on COVID-19 and emphasized his commitment to working together to fight the pandemic, build global health security and stimulate global economic recovery.
He looks forward to working closely with President Moon on other common challenges, from North Korea to climate change.
They also discussed the common values that underpin the US-South Korea alliance, as well as their mutual interest in strengthening democracy.
Biden had previously spoken to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish Prime Minister Taoiseach Micheal Martin.