Fumio Kishida is applauded after being elected as Japan’s new prime minister at the parliament's lower house in Tokyo. Photo: AP
Fumio Kishida is applauded after being elected as Japan’s new prime minister at the parliament's lower house in Tokyo. Photo: AP

Message for China as Japan’s new prime minister Fumio Kishida gets Biden’s pledge of US support in East China Sea

  • On first full day in job, Fumio Kishida gets a commitment from President Joe Biden that the US will help Tokyo defend disputed territories like the Diaoyu or Senkaku islands
  • Kishida’s hawkish stance on China includes questioning its suitability to join the CPTPP and creating a new ministerial post for economic security in what some perceive to be a ‘slap in the face’ for Beijing

Fumio Kishida is applauded after being elected as Japan’s new prime minister at the parliament's lower house in Tokyo. Photo: AP
Fumio Kishida is applauded after being elected as Japan’s new prime minister at the parliament's lower house in Tokyo. Photo: AP
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