New PM Kishida, Biden agree to strengthen Japan-U.S. alliance

Oct 05 , 2021. 23 minutes ago – 09:30 KYODO NEWS

Combined photo shows U.S. President Joe Biden (L, Getty/Kyodo) and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. (Kyodo) 

TOKYO – Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he and U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday agreed to strengthen the alliance between their countries and cooperate to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

After his first phone talks with a foreign leader since taking office the previous day, Kishida also told reporters Biden affirmed that the Senkaku Islands, a group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, fall under Article 5 of the bilateral security treaty.

China claims the Senkakus and calls them Diaoyu.

The two agreed to meet in person at an early date, Kishida said.