The US president will also warn Xi Jinping that if Kim Jong-un's buildup of missiles and nuclear weapons continues on this path, it will mean further Washington's military presence in the region
Biden will pressure the Chinese regime at the G20 to stop North Korea in its arms race. (REUTERS)
US President Joe Biden will urge his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to curb the “worst trends” in South Korea North and will warn that the increase in arms by the Kim Jong-un regime will cause a growing US military presence in Asia, a senior Washington official said this Saturday.
< p class="paragraph">At the meeting of the world's major economies, Biden will say to Xi JinpingChina “is interested in containing North Korea's worst tendencies,” US national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters.
The US ruler arrived in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, this Saturday to participate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit before go to Bali for the G20.
Biden will also warn the Chinese president that if North Korea's buildup of missiles and nuclear weapons< /b>“Keep going down that road, it's just going to mean a bigger US military and security presence in the region.”
Speaking aboard Air Force One little Before arriving in Cambodia, Sullivan said Biden won't make demands on China, but would give Xi Jinping “his perspective.”
Speaking on board the plane Presidential Air Force One shortly before arriving in Cambodia, Sullivan said Biden will not make demands on China, but will give Xi Jinping “his perspective.” (REUTERS)
he indicated that “ North Korea poses a threat not just for the United States, not just for (South Korea) and Japan, but for the peace and stability of the entire region.”
If China wants to put pressure on Korea North Korea is “of course their decision,” Sullivan said.
However, in the expectation that North Korea will test a nuclear weapon and the increase in its missile capacity, “the operational situation is more serious at the present time,” Sullivan said.
Biden< /b> and Xi Jinping, leaders of the two world's largest economies, have spoken by phone several times since Biden took office in January 2021, but have never met in person.
The two will have a lot to talk about, amid numerous disputes between Washington and Beijing over trade, Human Rights in the Chinese region of Xinjiang and Taiwan.
The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, urged both countries to work together and warned this Friday of the “growing risk of the world economy splitting into two parts led by the two largest economies, the United States and China.”
Sullivan indicated that Biden arrived to Phnom Penh with an agenda that emphasizes his government's policy of “increasing” its presence in Southeast Asia as a guarantor of stability. (REUTERS)
Ahead of the G20, Biden will seek to strengthen Washington's influence inSoutheast Asia in meetings with the rulers of ASEAN to counter Chinese influence in the region.
China in recent years has intensified its presence through trade, diplomacy and its military might, in a region it considers its backyard.
Sullivan indicated that Biden came to Phnom Penh with an agenda emphasizing his government's policy of “increasing” its presence in Southeast Asia as a guarantor of stability.
Xi present, Putin absent
Biden and Xi Jinpingcome to the G20 supported by achievements at home: Biden's party performed surprisingly well in themidterm elections while Xi secured a third presidential term .
At the Chinese Communist Party congress in October, Xi warned of a challenging geopolitical climate, without directly citing the United States.
The Bali Summit will also mark the diplomatic comebackof Xi since the start of the pandemic, when he stopped international travel.
Who will not be in Bali is the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, rejected by the West after the invasion of Ukraine. He will be represented by his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov. (REUTERS)
Xi will also meet French President Emmanuel Macron before heading to Bangkok for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit (APEC).
Who will not be in Bali is the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, rejected by the West after the invasion of Ukraine< /b>. He will be represented by his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Lavrov will argue that the United States destabilizes the Asia-Pacific region with its confrontational policy, according to the Russian news agency TASS .
Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky will participate virtually in the G20 summit, after the ASEAN rejected his request to intervene.
(With information from AFP)