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Hosting Japan’s leader first, Biden signals new global priorities

Posted on AllSides April 16th, 2021
From The Center
foreign policy, Japan, Joe Biden

Japan has been an underappreciated U.S. ally. With a White House invitation, President Joe Biden is underlining the two countries’ common principles as a crucial counterweight to China.

When Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide becomes, on Friday, the first foreign leader to meet with President Joe Biden at the White House, it will break a long and pretty consistently kept tradition.

The first foreign leader to visit the new U.S. president is a distinction generally reserved for the British prime minister to highlight the “special relationship.” Making Mr. Suga the...

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