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Who's calling at this hour? What Biden's call to Suga tells us

New US leader keeps a different day schedule from his predecessor

A phone in the White House Oval Office. President Joe Biden called Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga first among Asian leaders, but after Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Photo courtesy of the White House)

TOKYO -- Who the new American president calls first after assuming office is always a point of interest for diplomats. It reflects the administration's priorities. The order in which the president goes through the phone book sends a message in itself.

President Joe Biden's call to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, on Thursday in Tokyo, was the first among Asian countries and projected a tight-knit U.S.-Japan alliance from the get go.

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