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Indo-Pacific

Japan welcomes Biden's pick of Indo-Pacific czar Kurt Campbell

New White House will tap deep reservoir of experience, Foreign Minister Motegi notes

Kurt Campbell, then U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, speaks to reporters upon arriving at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, in March 2011.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi hailed U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's decision to create a new National Security Council position to oversee the Indo-Pacific, saying it reflects the importance that the new American administration will place on the dynamic region.

Asked at a news conference Friday about the naming of veteran diplomat Kurt Campbell to that post, Motegi said: "Mr. Campbell was the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs in the Obama administration. I feel that he and others in the new administration have deep relations with our government."

On Biden's foreign policy team in general, Motegi noted the choice of professionals, saying that "each of them has rich experience in their field and is well-versed in public policy. Many of them have actually worked in government."

Motegi said Japan wishes to make early contact with Biden's foreign policy team to cooperate toward realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific and to work together to lead the establishment of a post-coronavirus international order.

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