Biden Meets Japan’s Leader To Boost China-Facing Alliances

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, center, waves, on his departure for the U.S., at Haneda airport, in Tokyo Thursday, April 15, 2021. Suga headed to Washington on Thursday to become a first foreign leader to have a face-to-face meeting with President Joe Biden for talks that would reaffirm the strength of their alliance and how to deal with China's growing assertiveness and challenge to democratic values.(Kyodo News via AP)

(AP) — President Joe Biden is welcoming Japan’s prime minister to the White House in his first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader. Biden’s choice of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as his first guest Friday underlines a theme of Biden’s administration — strengthening U.S. alliances as a first step to dealing with global challenges, especially with an increasingly confident and assertive China. The Biden administration calls managing U.S. policies toward the Indo-Pacific the primary U.S. challenge of the 21st century as China under President Xi Jinping asserts growing economic and military power. The Japanese prime minister aims to showcase security commitments with the United States.


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