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Suga Poised to Affirm Solid Japan-U.S. Alliance amid China Tensions

Suga Poised to Affirm Solid Japan-U.S. Alliance amid China Tensions

   Tokyo, April 16 (Jiji Press)--Set to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga aims to show the world Tokyo's rock-solid alliance with Washington at a time when the U.S.-China struggle for global supremacy is intensifying.
   The prime minister hopes to build a relationship of trust with the president through their first in-person meeting, which will be held at "a turning point in history," as suggested by a senior official of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, in terms of the world leadership competition between Washington and Beijing.
   From early on, Suga had shown people around him his fierce determination to meet with Biden in person.
   In November last year, when countries around the world, convinced of Biden's victory in the U.S. presidential election, were striving to arrange talks with him over the phone, Suga told related officials: "I don't care about the order of phone talks, but I'll definitely be the first (country leader) to meet the president face to face."
   The United States, which expects Japan to play a key role in the front line against China, responded to the request and decided to welcome Suga as the first foreign national leader to meet with Biden in person since the president took office in January.

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