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Japan PM Kishida kicks off diplomacy with Quad phone calls

New leader reaches out to Biden and Morrison with eye on China’s rise

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who had served as foreign minister for over four years, kicked off his diplomacy by talking to Scott Morrison, left, and Joe Biden.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday held his first diplomatic talks since taking office with U.S. President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, affirming continued cooperation with two Quad leaders in the Indo-Pacific region.

Kishida's first call was with Biden. The leaders agreed to bolster the Japan-U.S. alliance and to continue working together for a free and open Indo-Pacific, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

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