US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister to meet virtually on Friday

Jan 17, 2022: The White House said US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida would meet in practice on Friday to discuss bilateral relations, as well as security in the Pacific.

According to a White House statement on Sunday, the agenda will focus on Covid-19 and the fight against climate change and the search for new technologies. “This meeting will highlight the strength of the US-Japan alliance, which is the cornerstone of peace, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific and around the world,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

“President Biden looks forward to working with Prime Minister Kishida to advance our shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Psaki said. Psaki said the alliance between the two would discuss issues related to the “quad”.

The quad is made up of states that want to counter China’s growing influence in Asia and include Japan, India and Australia. Biden and Kishida met in person during the COP26 climate summit in Scotland last year, and had previously spoken by telephone about Kishida’s election in October.

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