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Biden backs Japan's defense buildup at summit with Kishida

Leaders stress importance of stability across the Taiwan Strait in joint statement

U.S. President Joe Biden, right, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House in Washington on Jan. 13.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met with U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday, with Biden showing support for Tokyo's plans to bolster its independent defense capabilities.

At the beginning of the meeting, Biden mentioned Japan's new defense plans and said: "Let me be crystal clear: The United States is fully, thoroughly, completely committed to the alliance. And, more importantly, to Japan's defense."

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