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Biden's Asia policy

US and Japan plan inaugural '2-plus-2' of Biden era in March

Blinken and Austin will be first cabinet members to fly abroad

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin could meet jointly with Japanese counterparts in mid-March.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Washington and Tokyo have begun preparations for U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit Japan as early as mid-March to meet their Japanese counterparts.

Blinken and Austin will be the first U.S. cabinet members to travel to Japan under the administration of President Joe Biden. They are preparing to hold a "two-plus-two" dialogue of foreign and defense ministers in addition to individual talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi.

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