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US and Japan plan 'Belt and Road' alternative for Indo-Pacific

Biden and Suga to set framework for collaboration on 5G and smart cities

A hydrogen fueling station is in La Canada, California. The U.S. and Japan will consider promoting next-generation battery technology and hydrogen power in foreign countries in quest for a carbon-free world. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder/National Renewable Energy Lab)

TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. will draw up guidelines on supporting the development of high-quality infrastructure, including 5G wireless and hydrogen power, in the Indo-Pacific and elsewhere as a counterweight to China's Belt and Road initiative.

The two allies aim to reach an agreement to expand cooperation on foreign infrastructure construction when Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Joe Biden meet at the White House on April 16. The leaders will discuss promoting high-speed fifth-generation wireless and clean energy in the Indo-Pacific region.

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