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U.S.-Japan summit eyed on sidelines of ASEAN meeting in Laos

Mainichi wrote that it has learned from a source connected to U.S.-Japan relations that the U.S. and Japanese governments began on Aug. 30 making arrangements for President Obama and Prime Minister Abe to hold bilateral talks on the sidelines of ASEAN meetings to be held in Laos on Sept. 6-8. The paper speculated that the two leaders will demonstrate their nations’ readiness to deal with China’s advancement in the South China Sea and North Korea’s missile development under the framework of the U.S.-Japan alliance. If realized, this will be the first bilateral meeting between President Obama and PM Abe since May, when they held talks on the margins of the G7 summit. Yomiuri ran a similar report, adding that Abe will probably ask Obama to accelerate domestic coordination for congressional approval of the TPP agreement.

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