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Biden and Suga refer to 'peace and stability of Taiwan Strait' in statement

Two leaders pledge to keep Indo-Pacific 'free and open'

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga underscored "the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait" and encouraged "the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues" in a joint statement issued after their first face-to-face meeting on Friday.

"We share serious concerns regarding the human rights situations in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region," it said.

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