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Japan and the U.S. will begin ministerial talks about economy, environment: Kishida

Japan and the U.S. will begin ministerial talks about economy, environment: Kishida

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.

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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

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