US, Australia, India ministers to appear in Japan next week

TOKYO — Best diplomats in the U.S., Australia, and India plan to assemble in Tokyo next week to go over their common regional issues, including China’s increasingly assertive activities, in the very first face-to-face ministerial meetings Japan will sponsor as the coronavirus pandemic started.

Motegi reported the four ministers are expected to talk about strategies to market”a free and open Indo-Pacific,” a notion of safety and financial alliance that Japan along with the U.S. has been pushing in the face of China’s growing assertiveness in the area.

“it’s quite timely to the four foreign ministers sharing the very same concerns within the regional scenario” to discuss their perspectives in person, Motegi explained. He explained they’re expected to talk about the coronavirus and the market hurt from the pandemic as well as other regional issues.

“The vision of open and free Indo-Pacific’ will soon be much more significant in a post-coronavirus entire world,” he explained. “To be able to attain it, I aspire to affirm at the approaching meeting the significance to deepen our alliance with different nations.”

Motegi stated Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga can also match with Pompeo in the sidelines of the discussions in his very first face-to-face interview with a leading foreign official since taking office. Suga can also be expected to meet the Indian and Australian foreign ministers.

Suga took office two weeks before, substituting Shinzo Abe, who resigned in the premiership, citing poor health.