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Japan’s Suga to Be the First Foreign Leader to Meet With Biden

  • Premier set for face-to-face meeting in Washington on April 16
  • Japan walks line between biggest trade partner and only ally
Yoshihide Suga
Yoshihide SugaPhotographer: Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Zuma Press/Bloomberg

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will become the first foreign leader to hold a face-to-face meeting with President Joe Biden in a summit planned for April 16, where China will be high on the agenda.

The meeting in Washington demonstrates the importance the U.S. attaches to relations with Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said in announcing the trip on Friday. “The U.S. and Japan share the basic values of freedom, human rights and the rule of law,” he added.