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Suga wades into turbulent Indo-Pacific diplomacy in Abe's wake

Japan's new leader inherits predecessor's US ties and Quad build-up

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosts a Quad meeting with counterparts Marise Payne of Australia, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar of India and Toshimitsu Motegi of Japan in New York in September 2019. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. State Department)

TOKYO -- "Is Shinzo OK?" U.S. President Donald Trump asked the newly minted Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga during their first telephone call on Sunday.

Trump said that he had heard from Suga's predecessor, Shinzo Abe, that the former chief cabinet secretary was his indispensable right-hand man.

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