To that end, he and Suga are set to announce a $2 billion commitment to support alternative 5G networks that are beyond or outside of the network of China telecommunications giant Huawei, a senior Biden administration official told reporters ahead of the meeting.
Suga expressed gratitude for being Biden's first foreign visitor and condolences for the victims of the deadly shooting overnight at a FedEx plant in Indianapolis.
The Biden administration calls managing US policies toward China and the Indo-Pacific the primary challenge for the United States. China under Xi has been increasingly deploying its military to assert its sweeping territorial claims, helping prod the United States, Japan and some other Indo-Pacific nations to strengthen their alliance. "The overall message that the summit will send is extremely profound". Also at their summit, Biden and Moon are expected to discuss the frayed relationship between Seoul and Tokyo.
The two leaders, both just months in office, announced a partnership aimed at improving coordination on the pandemic response and future global health challenges. China, which claims the self-governed island of Taiwan as its territory, tested US and Taiwanese resolve weeks into the Biden administration by sending fighter jets and bombers near Taiwan.
Suga said the two leaders agreed, on the matter of China's expansionist forays into the shipping lanes of the South China Sea, that the United States and Japan "oppose any attempts to change the status quo by force or intimidation".
It would be the first joint statement on Taiwan by US and Japanese leaders since 1969. "We're going to work together to prove that democracies can still compete and win in the 21st century".
Suga is the first foreign leader to visit the White House in person under the Biden administration, which officials said indicated the importance the USA gives to its relationship with Japan.
But when asked about whether the United States promised to send athletes to the games, Suga simply reiterated that Biden has supported his determination.
Biden referred to his counterpart as "Yoshi", as though they were longtime friends.
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President Barack Obama was seen as cajoling China, in hopes of encouraging reforms. That helped guide Biden's decision, announced this week, to pull US troops out of Afghanistan and free the administration to focus more on East Asia.
Suga in September succeeded his ally Shinzo Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister, who was one of the few democratic allies to manage to preserve stable relations with Biden's volatile predecessor Donald Trump.
"Japan's basic policy on pending issues caused by China is to firmly assert what should be asserted and strongly request China to take specific action", he said.
"If infections spread because of the Olympics, I don't know what the Olympics is for", said Nikai, the party's second-most powerful figure. "In light of the current regional situation and the severe security environment, the importance of our alliance has reached new heights", Suga told reporters at a White House news conference with Biden. China has also come under scrutiny for its human rights record, including its involvement in the military coup in Myanmar and its treatment of Uighur Muslims.
It requires a delicate balancing act given Japan and South Korea's economic ties with China and now frosty relationsbetween Seoul and Tokyo.
Success, ultimately, may hinge on the two leaders' personal relationship.
"You've got a Japanese boy coming over here, and guess what?"
A joint statement afterward said that Biden "supports Prime Minister Suga's efforts to hold a safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer".