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US and Japan agree to address region’s ‘security challenges’ together

The United States and Japan have "committed to work closely together to address security challenges," the White House said on Monday.

Tokyo, 23 May 2022 (dpa/MIA) — The United States and Japan have “committed to work closely together to address security challenges,” the White House said on Monday.

US President Jo Biden met Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida Fumio in Tokyo to “advance cooperation” on a range of bilateral, regional and global issues, a statement from the White House said.

“The president commended Prime Minister Kishida’s leadership in responding to Russia’s war against Ukraine, and his determination to strengthen Japan’s defense capabilities, noting that a strong US-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace and stability in Indo-Pacific region.”

The two leaders committed to work closely on security challenges, including North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and China’s “increasingly coercive behavior that runs counter to international law,” the statement said.

The US and Japan also agreed to deepen cooperation in areas such as emerging technologies, supply chain security, and clean energy.

Biden is on his first trip to Asia as US president and is set to take part in a Quad meeting on Tuesday with the leaders of Japan, Australia and India.

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