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Japan PM to meet Biden in US on Apr 16

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will hold face-to-face talks with Joe Biden in Washington on Apr 16, as the first foreign leader hosted by the US president, the Japanese government said Friday (Apr 2).

Local media had reported the trip would take place next week, but top government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said the mid-April date would give both sides time to prepare.

The trip comes at a time of renewed focus on China’s role in the region, as well as its alleged abuses of the Uyghur minority and its crackdown on freedoms in Hong Kong.

“We had been coordinating for early April, and a final decision was made that the date will be April 16, to allow us to prepare to make sure the prime minister’s US visit is successful,” Kato said.

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