Japan and the United States are planning a high-level summit with Taiwan tensions, Russia’s war in Ukraine and North Korea top of the agenda.
The leaders of the world’s No1 and No3 economies – Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and President Joe Biden – will meet in New York, Kyodo news reported on Saturday, with the two nations also facing other issues as the global economy struggles to recover after two years of Covid disruptions.
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The US’s continuing trade tensions with China and Japan’s struggling yen are just two of the subjects that could also come up for discussion before and after the summit due to take place around September 20.
China’s rising pressure on Taiwan, North Korea’s nuclear test threats and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are, though, the main issues to be discussed, with the summit likely to be held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting, Kyodo said, citing sources in both governments.
Kishida is also likely to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth in Britain together with Japan’s Emperor Naruhito before visiting the United States, TV Asahi reported earlier on Saturday. Biden has said he will also attend the Queen’s funeral.
- Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara