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Abe, Biden to discuss ties in Singapore

Kyodo

Tokyo and Washington are arranging a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Singapore, probably on Friday, government sources said.

During their talks, which will take place during Abe’s three-day Southeast Asian trip from Thursday, the two will reaffirm their commitment to enhancing bilateral ties following the House of Councilors election, the sources said Saturday.

On his tour, Abe will visit Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. He is expected to discuss with the leaders of the three nations ways to promote economic and security cooperation.

Malaysia and the Philippines are currently embroiled in territorial rows with China in the South China Sea, while Tokyo and Beijing are at each other’s throats over the ownership of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

In his meeting with Biden, Abe will also explain Japan’s stance on these issues, according to the sources.