New Japan PM Kishida confirms strong alliance with US in talks with Biden

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By Antoni Slodkowski TOKYO (Reuters) -New Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday that he received a “strong” message from President Joe Biden about the United States’ commitment to defending the disputed East China Sea islets known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan. In phone talks on Tuesday morning that lasted roughly 20 minutes, the allies also confirmed their cooperation toward achieving a free and open Indo-Pacific, Kishida told reporters at the prime minister’s official residence. The call came a day after Kishida called a parliamentary election for Oct. 31 and vowed to bolst…

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