Sunday’s Nikkei, Mainichi, and Sankei wrote that Foreign Minister Hayashi met with Secretary of State Blinken in Liverpool on Saturday on the margins of the G7 foreign ministerial meeting. In the first-ever in-person session between the two top diplomats, they reportedly agreed to quickly arrange for Prime Minister Kishida to visit Washington to hold a summit with President Biden and strengthen the bilateral alliance in the face of the increasingly severe security situation in East Asia. They also exchanged views on the human rights situation in China and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The two officials confirmed their opposition to unilateral attempts by China to alter the status quo in the South and East China Seas. However, they reportedly did not discuss a “diplomatic boycott” of the Beijing Olympics. Other topics on the agenda included North Korea and the TPP.
According to the papers, Hayashi also held talks with UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Truss and agreed to deepen cooperation with the UK to achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific.