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Biden and Suga bond built on more than just countering China

Both leaders pressed to score quick policy victories before crucial votes

U.S. President Joe Biden, right, makes a friendly gesture toward Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga following their joint news conference in the White House in mid-April.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- U.S. President Joe Biden gently put his hand on Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's back as the two leaders left the Rose Garden at the White House after a joint news conference in mid-April. Biden made the gesture as if to show his appreciation for Suga's visit to Washington, despite the ongoing pandemic and his Asian counterpart's relative lack of experience in foreign diplomacy.

The face-to-face meeting could firm up relations in these uncertain times and provide a greater bond than online talks might have achieved.

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