Biden Assures Defense to Japan, Philippines Amid China Tensions

President Joe Biden met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. to discuss concerns about China at the White House. Biden reassured both leaders of the United States’ strong defense commitments to their countries, emphasizing that any attack on Philippine forces in the South China Sea would invoke the mutual defense treaty.

The meeting aimed to send a message to China that its aggressive actions are not tolerated by the US and its allies. However, Biden’s handling of the press raised concerns as reporters were kept waiting in the hallway while the president spoke with the foreign leaders. This lack of transparency does not bode well for open communication and accountability.

It is important for the media to accurately report on such crucial diplomatic meetings, but when access is restricted, the public’s right to know is undermined. Biden’s dismissal of a question about China further highlights the administration’s evasiveness when it comes to addressing important issues.

In a time where transparency and strong leadership are crucial, Biden’s handling of the trilateral meeting with Japan and the Philippines falls short. It is essential for the American public to be kept informed about discussions concerning national security and foreign policy, especially when dealing with a rising global power like China.

Written by Staff Reports

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