Japan braces for potential Biden visit in late May – report

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TOKYO: Japan is gearing up for a possible summit visit by U.S. President Joe Biden in the second half of May to hold talks on regional security, China and North Korea, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing multiple government sources.

The visit, which would be Biden’s first as president, would be timed to coordinate with a meeting of leaders from Japan, India, Australia and the United States in Japan, called the “quad” security dialogue, he added added.

However, Chief of Cabinet Hirokazu Matsuno said at a press conference that a specific date for a visit had not yet been set.

Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida two weeks ago held their first extended talks since Kishida took office last year and agreed to step up cooperation on pressing economic and security issues, including China, North Korea’s missiles and Russia’s threat to Ukraine.

At the time, Biden accepted an invitation to visit Japan, indicating that it would take place in late spring, a senior US government official later said.

The United States is considering sending Biden to South Korea for talks with its new president at the same time after Moon Jae-in’s term ends in early May, the Yomiuri said.

(Reporting by Elaine Lies and Satoshi Sugiyama, Editing by Chris Reese)

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