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Suga pursues Biden's commitment on 'free and open Indo-Pacific'

Security, trade and environment to dominate talks with new US administration

U.S. Navy vessels join Japanese and Canadian ships in the Philippine Sea for the Keen Sword 21 drill in October 2020. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will urge President Joe Biden to keep the U.S. committed to a "free and open Indo-Pacific region," seeking to curb China's growing influence in the region and advance an international order based on the rule of law.

Suga will speak with Biden by phone as early as this month to start preparations for their first summit. The Japanese leader looks to visit Washington in February, though the specifics will depend on the severity of the coronavirus pandemic in the two countries at the time.

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