TOKYO, January 22 (Xinhua), — Japan and the United States will hold ministerial talks on economic and environment issues within a framework of “two plus-two,” Fumio Kishida, Japan’s Prime Minister, said Friday after a virtual meeting with Joe Biden.
According to local media, the two-plus-two talks on economic issues will focus on infrastructure investment, green energy, and trade.
Sources say that the new dialogue framework will include four members: Japan’s foreign ministers and U.S. commerce secretaries.
According to Kishida: Biden agreed to the idea to hold a Quad summit meeting of the United States of America, Japan, India, Australia and Australia in Japan during the online meeting.
Kishida had hoped that he would be able to meet with Biden in person. However, he was forced to abandon plans to visit the United States after a surge in COVID-19 infections.
Since his election in October last year Kishida has prioritized the protection of national economic interests. Japan and its long-standing security ally, the United States, have been trying to strengthen cooperation in order to make supply chains more robust. Enditem