Suga, Biden to tout carbon-free Indo-Pacific

Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide and US President Joe Biden are expected to reaffirm cooperation toward a carbon-free Indo-Pacific region at an upcoming summit.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsunobu announced on Friday that the talks will take place in Washington on April 16.

Kato indicated the two leaders are expected to confirm that they will cooperate to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific, combat the coronavirus pandemic and climate change, and address issues involving China and North Korea.

They are also likely to discuss strengthening supply chains for semiconductors, and working together in the field of information and communications technologies, including 5G wireless networks.

The two governments are considering issuing a joint document after the summit, with an eye on reaffirming the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait amid China's increased maritime activity.