The White House confirmed this Tuesday that the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, will visit Washington on January 13 and will hold a meeting with his American counterpart, Joe Biden.

“President Biden looks forward to welcoming Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to the White House on Friday, January 13 to strengthen ties between our governments, our economies and our people,” government spokeswoman Karine said in a statement. Jean Pierre.

In November, Japanese government sources confirmed to the local news agency Kyodo that the Japanese president planned to go to the United States at the beginning of this month.

According to the White House, Kishida and Biden will discuss issues such as technological cooperation and the fight against climate change, as well as North Korea’s missile programs, which closed the year by launching three ballistic missiles over the Sea of Japan.

“President Biden will reiterate his full support for Japan’s recently announced National Security Strategy, his G7 presidency and his term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council,” Jean-Pierre added.

The Government of Japan approved its new Defense guidelines in mid-December, which for the first time include providing itself with the ability to attack enemy bases in the event of a threat to national security, in addition to a record increase in its military spending.

This is its biggest defense turnaround since World War II, with a roadmap that experts say seeks to contain China’s military rise and maintain the United States’ dominant position in the Asia-Pacific.

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