White House: US to work with Japan on supply chain

A White House spokesperson says the United States is seeking deeper cooperation with Japan on establishing robust supply chains.

US President Joe Biden and Japan's Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide are due to meet in Washington on April 16. It will be Biden's first in-person meeting with a foreign leader since he assumed office in January.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked by a reporter on Monday whether there is an agreement in the works between the two leaders on shoring up the supply chain for semiconductors.

Psaki said the US-Japan alliance is a cornerstone of peace, security, and prosperity in the region. She said, "That is one of the reasons why we're working to deepen our close coordination across a variety of areas, including supply chains."

Biden said in February that the United States will review its supply chains for key items, such as rare earths and semiconductors, in the face of global shortages.

The president said the US should not have to rely on a foreign country that does not share its values, in an apparent reference to China.