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Secretary Pompeo to visit Japan next month

NHK reported at noon that the State Department announced on Tuesday that Secretary of State Pompeo will visit Japan, Mongolia, and South Korea from Oct. 4–8. The network said this will be the first visit to Japan by Secretary Pompeo since the launch of the Suga Cabinet, adding that in addition to his participation in a quadrilateral foreign ministers meeting between Japan, the U.S., Australia, and India, arrangements are being made for him to hold talks with Prime Minister Suga. Noting that the Trump administration is seeking to further strengthen security cooperation with Asian nations in order to counter China, which is rapidly increasing its influence in the Indo-Pacific region, the network said the Secretary is expected to exchange views with his counterparts on ways to step up pressure on China with an eye on the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

 

Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato reportedly told the press this morning: “Secretary of State Pompeo will participate in a foreign ministers meeting between Japan, the United States, Australia, and India while in Japan. Coordination is also underway for a bilateral meeting between the Secretary and Foreign Minister Motegi. We hope this will become a valuable opportunity to confirm the strengthening of the U.S.-Japan alliance and cooperation toward realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific. We are currently making arrangements for a meeting between Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Suga.”

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