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Summary

  • Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken traveled to Tokyo, Japan, Seoul, Republic of Korea (ROK), and Anchorage, Alaska, March 15-19 to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to strengthening our alliances and to highlight cooperation that promotes peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world.

  • On March 16-17 in Tokyo, Secretary Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III  attended the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee (“2+2”) meeting hosted by Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi and Minister of Defense Nobuo Kishi. Secretary Blinken met with Minister Motegi and other senior officials to discuss a range of bilateral and global issues. Secretary Blinken met virtually with business leaders to highlight the importance of U.S.-Japan economic ties and discuss the economic impact of COVID-19. Secretary Blinken also hosted a virtual roundtable with emerging Japanese journalists to discuss the future of the U.S.-Japan Alliance, the role of a free press in promoting good governance and defending democracy, and the widespread benefits from advancing gender equity and opportunities for women worldwide.

  • On March 17-18 in Seoul, Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin attended a U.S.-ROK Foreign and Defense Ministerial (“2+2”) hosted by the ROK’s Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong and Minister of Defense Suh Wook. Secretary Blinken met with Foreign Minister Chung and other senior officials to discuss issues of bilateral and global importance. Secretary Blinken also met virtually with Korean youth leaders and hosted a virtual roundtable with emerging Korean journalists to discuss the importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance in promoting peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and across the globe.

  • On March 18-19 in Anchorage, Secretary Blinken met with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government officials.

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