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Japan PM Kishida To Meet Biden At The White House On January 13

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US President Joe Biden will receive a visit from Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on January 13, according to a statement released by the White House on Tuesday.

“President Biden looks forward to welcoming Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of Japan to the White House on Friday, January 13th to further deepen ties between our governments, economies, and our people,” the statement said.

The two leaders will discuss “a range of regional and global issues including the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine, and maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” the White House said.

Recently, Tokyo unveiled a new defense strategy, which Kishida will discuss with Biden. According to various unnamed Japanese government officials cited by Japan’s Yomiuri daily newspaper, Japan has undergone the most significant military build-up since World War II. The $320 billion defense budget includes the acquisition of missiles with a range to reach China.

Tokyo also seeks to prepare for self-defense amid the ongoing Ukrainian issue over the Russian incursion, which Tokyo fears may prompt China to take action against Taiwan, a neighboring country. Additionally, Tokyo has been preparing its defenses due to North Korea’s repeated missile tests. According to the White House, Biden will reiterate his unwavering support for Japan’s new National Security Strategy.

“The leaders will celebrate the unprecedented strength of the U.S.-Japan Alliance and will set the course for their partnership in the year ahead,” said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. Biden has been working to fortify US partnerships to combat threats from China, Russia, and other countries. This year, the Group of 7 countries is being hosted by Japan, and Biden plans to attend the leaders’ conference there in May. United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Canada are further G7 members. On January 1, Japan began serving a two-year term on the UN Security Council, and it now holds the rotating monthly president of the council’s 15 members for January.

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