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US Vice President Kamala Harris and US House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) applaud as Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addresses a joint meeting of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, US, April 11, 2024.

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida He urged the United States on Thursday to continue playing a leadership role in the world as it faces threats to democracy and the economic order.

Kishida told lawmakers at a joint meeting of Congress that the world is experiencing a pivotal moment that will determine the next phase of history.

“The world needs the United States to continue playing this pivotal role in the affairs of nations,” Kishida said.

He added, “The international order that the United States worked for generations to build faces new challenges, challenges from those who have values ​​and principles completely different from our values ​​and principles.”

The speech comes a day after Kishida joined President Joe Biden for a meeting State visit During which new military cooperation plans and projects were identified to strengthen the US-Japanese alliance in the face of China and Russia.

Kishida told Congress that Japan and the United States must work to maintain peace and the rule of law at a time when China, North Korea and Russia look to upend the global order.

“China's current external posture and military actions represent an unprecedented and greatest strategic challenge not only to the peace and security of Japan but also to the peace and stability of Japan.” [the] “The international community in general,” Kishida said.

Kishida said the ongoing fighting in Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin's warnings of nuclear war show the importance of military cooperation between the United States and Japan.

“As I often say, today’s Ukraine may be tomorrow’s East Asia,” Kishida warned.

The Prime Minister pledged that Japan will not stand on the sidelines and demand that the United States defend the international order alone.

“We should not expect the United States to do everything, unaided and on its own,” Kishida said. “The people of Japan are with you, side by side, to ensure that freedom endures… not only for our people, but for all people.”

After the speech, Kishida is scheduled to join Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken for a lunch at the State Department.

He will then participate in the first tournament between the United States, Japan and the Philippines Triple summit At the White House with Biden and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Kishida is the second Japanese leader to address US lawmakers. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated in 2022 after leaving office, became the first Japanese leader to speak before a joint meeting of Congress in 2015.

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