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Suga diplomacy needs a vision, with Japan-US alliance at core

Promoting Indo-Pacific strategy and TPP will best advance national interest

Yoshihide Suga, then serving as Japan's cabinet secretary, meets with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Washington in May 2019.   © Japanese Embassy (U.S.)

After winning the race to become Japan's prime minister on a message of carrying the torch of predecessor Shinzo Abe, new leader Yoshihide Suga will now perhaps be most challenged in foreign policy and national security.

No shortage of issues await him on the international stage, including the ever-deepening Sino-American rift and the still-raging COVID-19 pandemic.

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