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US and Japan gear up for a new era of competition with China

Time is near when other Asian nations will have to pick a side

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Joe Biden, accompanied by Yoshihide Suga, walks from the Oval Office on Apr. 16: the U.S. wanted Japan to be squarely on Washington's side.   © AP

Kiyoteru Tsutsui is Henri H. and Tomoye Takahashi professor and senior fellow in Japanese studies at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and professor of sociology, all at Stanford University, where he is also director of the Japan Program.

In one of the few unscripted moments in the meticulously planned U.S.-Japan summit meeting last Friday, President Joe Biden referred to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as "vice president" before quickly correcting himself.

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