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U.S. should closely coordinate with Japan: former U.S. undersecretary of state

  • August 20, 2020
  • , Yomiuri , p. 6
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What kind of foreign policy would the U.S. adopt under a Democratic administration? To find out, the Yomiuri Shimbun sat down with former U.S. Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns, a foreign policy advisor to the Biden campaign. The following is a synopsis of the interview. (Interviewed by Yuya Yokobori, Washington correspondent)


U.S. President Donald Trump has weakened his nation’s standing in the international community by neglecting the nation’s allies and repeatedly making unilateral decisions. The U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) amid the pandemic is a good example.


China, meanwhile, has greatly increased its global influence. Joe Biden has abundant experience in foreign relations and has built strong ties with world leaders. Under a Biden presidency, the U.S. would be able to return to playing a leading role in the international community in cooperation with its allies.


Japan is one of America’s most important allies in the world and is its most powerful ally in the Indo-Pacific region. It is imperative that Japan and the U.S. closely coordinate their response to China as it takes an increasingly hardline stance in the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Cooperation with Australia and India is also important in this regard. At the same time, the U.S. needs to respect Japan and renew its understanding of how important Japan is to U.S. security.

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