US, Japan reaffirm ties amid pandemic, China’s growing assertiveness

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Tuesday reaffirmed the two countries’ cooperation, with an eye on the Covid-19 pandemic and China’s increasing assertiveness.Motegi and Pompeo exchanged views concerning the situations in North Korea and the South and East China seas, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said.The two agreed that the US and Japan would coordinate closely to deal with the North Korean missile and nuclear weapons development, according to the ministry.During the talks, Pompeo, who arrived in Tokyo early Tuesday, said that a free and open Ind…

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