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Japan PM Kishida vows to strengthen Quad alliance and China ties

Leader also calls for distributing wealth in worker-friendly 'new capitalism'

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida tells parliament he will protect the middle class and make bold investments to slow climate change on Oct. 8. (Photo by Arisa Moriyama)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday voiced his determination to strengthen the Quad alliance -- a bloc to counter Chinese assertiveness that also includes the U.S., Australia and India -- while also stabilizing relations with China.

In his first policy speech, Kishida, who was elected as the nation's 100th prime minister on Monday, pledged to "strongly promote a free and open Indo-Pacific by cooperating with allies" and through the Quad. He also emphasized that "at the core of our country's foreign and security policies is the Japan-U.S. alliance."

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