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Next 3 years with Japan will determine U.S. posture for 3 decades: Rahm Emanuel

Allies need to fend off Chinese efforts at division, ambassador nominee says

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel seeks to fill an ambassadorial post that has been vacant for more than two years.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Rahm Emanuel, President Joe Biden's pick as the next American ambassador to Japan, said at his confirmation hearing here Wednesday that the next three years of work with Tokyo will have consequences for the American military presence in the Indo-Pacific for decades to come.

"What we build in partnership with Japan over the next three years will determine America's posture for the next 30," he said. "The challenges and opportunities we face underscore the imperative of strengthening our bonds with our closest ally, Japan."

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