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U.S. ready to work with new LDP leader Kishida

A senior White House official says U.S. President Joe Biden is looking forward to working with Kishida Fumio, the new head of Japan’s main ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

 

Kishida on Wednesday won the LDP’s leadership election. The career politician is now virtually set to become Prime Minister, following Suga Yoshihide.

 

In commenting on the election result, the White House official emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance, saying that “it serves as the cornerstone of peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and across the world.”

 

He added that “President Biden looks forward to working with Japan’s new Prime Minister” to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the years ahead.

 

The U.S. State Department said it looks forward to continue working with Japan, and called the Asian country “a steadfast ally” across its “broad agenda of regional and global issues.”

 

The department also expressed gratitude over Suga’s efforts to strengthen and expand the alliance.

 

Many U.S. media outlets reported on the LDP election result. The Washington Post said Kishida is expected to continue his predecessors’ foreign policy approach including the U.S.-Japan alliance and a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.”

 

The New York Times expressed the opinion that the LDP’s elite power brokers chose Kishida in a runoff election for the leadership, “seeming to disregard the public’s preference.”

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