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Suga hopes to confirm bonds of U.S.-Japan alliance with President Biden  

Nikkei and NHK reported that Prime Minister Suga met with Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of Defense Austin at the Kantei on Tuesday. Suga told the U.S. officials that he is hoping to hold meaningful discussions and confirm the bonds of the U.S.-Japan alliance with President Biden in Washington next month. Prime Minister Suga, Secretary Blinken, and Secretary Austin “highlighted that the U.S.-Japan Alliance remains the cornerstone of peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region,” according to a statement released by the State Department. The U.S. officials also “reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering commitment to the defense of Japan under Article V of our security treaty, which includes the Senkaku Islands, and that the United States remains opposed to any unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East China Sea.”   

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