China, China, Olympics: Three things to watch when Biden meets Japanese prime minister

President Joe Biden welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to the White House on Friday as the two leaders search for ways to counter China.

A new president’s first world leader meeting is a way to signal his foreign policy priorities, and the visit by Suga, who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, underscores Tokyo’s central role in U.S. strategy to counter the rise of China.

“I think the idea of the visit is to underscore what we would really describe as almost an axiom or a maxim for the U.S. role in the region: The United States can only be effective in Asia when the U.S.-Japan relationship
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