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Japan should quickly spend more on defense: former Pentagon official

Ex-USTR official says Indo-Pacific pact needs creative ways to include Taiwan

Former U.S. trade official Wendy Cutler says the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework could evolve into a TPP-like pact, while former Pentagon official Elbridge Colby says the U.S. has been correct to avoid direct military intervention in Ukraine. (Source photo by Yukihiro Sakaguchi)

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Joe Biden will visit Japan next week to meet with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida individually and take part in a Quad summit, which will also include Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

With China and Russia in mind, Kishida and Biden plan to discuss strengthening their nations' cooperation in security matters. As for the Quad, the leaders are expected to announce the official launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), which is expected to be an agreement by signatory countries to forge closer ties in trade, supply chains and other "pillars."

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