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Suga to visit India, Philippines in late April 

Yomiuri front-paged the disclosure by multiple GOJ sources that arrangements are being made for Prime Minister Suga to visit India during the Golden Week holidays in late April for talks with Prime Minister Modi with the goal of deepening mutual coordination to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific. The paper wrote that as the Japanese leader has already held an in-person session with Australian Prime Minister Morrison and plans to meet with President Biden next week, he is hoping that a summit with his Indian counterpart will make the Quad partnership even more viable. However, the trip to India may be postponed depending on the COVID-19 situation there. The paper said Suga is also reportedly looking to travel to the Philippines for talks with President Duterte. Sankei ran a similar story, adding that since both India and the Philippines are engaged in territorial disputes with China, Suga is anxious to confirm Japan’s partnership with the two nations’ leaders to hold Beijing’s maritime advancement in check.     

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