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G-7 in Japan

Japan, South Korea, U.S. to tighten trade and defense ties

Official solidarity on supply chains and defense could benefit all 3 nations

Left to right: South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. President Joe Biden. (Source photos by Reuters and AP) 

HIROSHIMA, Japan -- Talks between Japan, South Korea and the U.S. at the Group of Seven summit will test their ability to turn momentum from a flurry of diplomacy into mechanisms for collectively addressing trade, supply chains and China.

"The U.S. is trying to outcompete China, and that requires coordination with allies," said Andrew Yeo, a senior fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies at the Brookings Institution's Center for East Asia Policy Studies.

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