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    Biden And Kishida Discuss Japan ‘Stepping Up’ Security

    Biden And Kishida Discuss Japan ‘Stepping Up’ Security

    WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held wide-ranging talks at the White House on Friday as looks to build security cooperation with allies in a time of provocative Chinese and North Korean military action.

    The two administrations were also ready to seal an agreement to bolster U.S.-Japanese cooperation on space with a signing ceremony by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa.

    The Oval Office meeting and signing ceremony at 's Washington headquarters will cap a weeklong tour for Kishida that took him to five European and North American capitals for talks on his effort to beef up Japan's security.

    Biden welcomed Kishida to the White House on Friday morning for the prime minister's first visit to Washington since he took office in October 2021. Inside the Oval Office, the U.S. president praised Japan for its “historic” increase in defense spending and pledged close cooperation on economic and security matters.

    “We meet at a remarkable moment,” Biden told Kishida, adding later, “The more difficult job is trying to figure out how and where we disagree.”

    Kishida, speaking through an interpreter, said the two “share fundamental values such as democracy and the rule of law” and stressed that their role on the global stage “is becoming even greater.”

    It all comes as Japan announced…

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