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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Saturday agreed that their countries will work together to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region in light of China’s growing presence.

In their meeting in Tokyo, the U.S. lawmakers told Kishida that there is a bipartisan understanding in the United States of the importance of the Japan-U.S. alliance and that they hope to deepen understanding of Japan’s roles in the region through their latest visit.

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