As he prepares for his first face-to-face meeting with US President Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is facing pressure to join other major democracies in imposing sanctions on China.
Suga Yoshihide will become the first foreign leader to visit the White House since Biden took power. According to media reports, the meeting may be held on April 9 as soon as possible. The China issue may be on the agenda discussed by both parties, or it may be one of the topics of the G-7 talks.
Various reports of China’s violation of the human rights of Uighurs in Xinjiang have prompted many Western countries to announce sanctions against Chinese officials. China denied the accusations, calling them a politically motivated lie, and on Saturday announced countermeasures against American and Canadian personnel. Although Japan has long been reluctant to impose economic sanctions on China, its largest trading partner, some members of Yoshihide Suga’s ruling party are calling on the prime minister to take a tougher line, especially in the Group of Seven (G-7) The summit will be held in the UK in June.