May 28, 2023
Joe Biden and Fumio Kishida

US President Joe Biden (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (right)

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US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida discussed strengthening defense and economic cooperation in Hiroshima ahead of the G7 summit, the White House announced on May 18.

“The two leaders discussed ways to further strengthen defense cooperation, building on Japan’s revised strategic documents and increased defense investment,” the US administration said in a statement. RIA News.

It is also known that during the talks, Biden welcomed the intention of the Japanese authorities to increase investment in the field of semiconductors and quantum computers. Such a step is necessary against the backdrop of technological rivalry between the United States and China, according to the White House.

In addition, the parties drew attention to the problem of the DPRK, which continues to develop its missile and nuclear programs, the situation in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as issues related to the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons.

Biden arrived in Hiroshima on Thursday. The plane with the US leader landed at the US Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture. There, Biden and the head of the State Department who accompanied him were met by the American ambassador to Japan.

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