Japan and US foreign policy chief meet with China and North Korea

    LONDON – Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his US counterpart Antony Blinken held talks in London on Monday to discuss issues between China and North Korea following their leaders’ summit last month.

    The second individual meeting between Motegi and the US Secretary of State leads from the three-day meeting of the Group of Foreign Ministers of the seven industrialized nations, where the agenda of China and North Korea and both nations is also seen high. It is expected to show its unity in dealing with issues.

    Japan and the United States are seeking to use their long-term alliances to counter the challenges posed by China’s rise, such as Beijing’s maritime assertiveness in the East and South China Seas. Tokyo and Washington share the goal of realizing the Indo-Pacific “free and open”.

    – Japan Times

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