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PM Suga arrives in Washington for summit with President Biden

All networks reported at noon on the arrival of Prime Minister Suga at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington on Thursday for his first summit meeting with President Biden on Friday. NHK said since Suga will be the first foreign leader to hold an in-person meeting with President Biden, he is hoping to deepen his personal relationship of trust with the President and demonstrate at home and abroad the strong U.S.-Japan relationship. The network said China will be the main focus of the summit, adding that the two leaders are expected to promote close cooperation in various sectors, including security, COVID-19, and climate change and agree to further strengthen the alliance. On security, they are expected to confirm that the Senkakus are covered by Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty and the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, where the PLA is increasing its activities. The network said Suga is also hoping to strengthen bilateral ties in order to resolve the abduction issue and ask for U.S. cooperation to make the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics a success. The two governments are reportedly making arrangements to release a joint statement after the summit and hold a joint press conference. TV Asahi reported that Suga is also expected to hold separate talks with Vice President Harris and former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Kennedy while in the United States.

 

A TBS correspondent reported from Washington that it is quite significant that President Biden decided to make Suga the first foreign leader he invites to the White House. The network showed White House Press Secretary Psaki saying: “It is significant that our first bilateral meeting in person is with Japan. It emphasizes our important relationship and all of our cooperative work we have to do together.” The correspondent took note of the phrase “all of our cooperative work we have to do together,” saying that there is no doubt that Washington is hoping to demonstrate at home and abroad that it will work closely with Japan to counter China’s hegemonic actions. 

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