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US, Japan leaders present united front against China

   April 17, 2021 5:01 AM
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by AP, Reuters

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US-Japan talks to focus on tensions with China Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and President Joe Biden discussed regional security in East Asia
 
WASHINGTON DC - US President Joe Biden and Japan's Prime Yoshihide Suga presented a united front against China during Suga's visit to Washington on Friday.

It was Biden's first in-person summit with a foreign leader since taking office.

"We committed to working together to take on the challenges from China and on issues like the East China Sea, the South China Sea, as well as North Korea, to ensure a future of a free and open Indo-Pacific," Biden told a press conference, listing areas that have become the focus of growing regional tension.

Suga made a break from past Japanese leaders by openly commenting on China, saying he and Biden held "serious talks on China's influence over the peace and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific."

"We oppose any attempt to change the status quo by force or coercion," Japan's prime minister added.

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