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New US envoy to Japan Emanuel stresses bilateral ties

"What we do in partnership over the next three years will decide America and Japan's posture for the next 30 years," Emanuel, who arrived in Japan on Sunday, said in a video message.
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25 Jan 2022 12:01:17 GMT9
25 Jan 2022 12:01:17 GMT9

TOKYO: New US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel underlined on Monday the importance of the relationship between the two countries in the Indo-Pacific region.

“Our alliance is a beacon of endless possibility and promise in this region,” Emanuel, who arrived in Japan on Sunday, said in a video message.

With authoritarian countries such as China and Russia apparently in mind, Emanuel said that “their aggressive actions threaten the democratic rules-based order.”

“Today, we face a critical juncture,” he said. “Our two nations will not shy away from any challenge or any adversary who undermines those values.”

“What we do in partnership over the next three years will decide America and Japan’s posture for the next 30 years,” he stressed. “Let’s get to work.”

Emanuel served as White House chief of staff under the administration of former President Barack Obama. “I’m not shy,” he described himself in the video message.

Highlighting his close relationship with the current president, Emanuel said he has known Joe Biden for a long time and he is proud to call him a dear friend.

JIJI Press

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