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White House: Biden to meet Japan PM Kishida on Thurs. in Hiroshima

WASHINGTON, May 16 ------ US President Joe Biden will hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday in Hiroshima ahead of the Group of Seven summit to be held in the western Japan city, the White House said.

Biden will depart Washington on Wednesday and arrive in Hiroshima the following day, making it his second visit to Japan since taking office in 2021. The G-7 summit will take place from Friday to Sunday.

Biden and Kishida, who last held a meeting in January in Washington, are expected to affirm the strength of their nations' security alliance while discussing their response to China's growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region and Russia's war in Ukraine. Biden's trip to Hiroshima will also make him the second sitting US president to visit the city that was devastated by a US atomic bomb in the final days of World War II.



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