Yellen welcomes US-Japan collaboration in Indo-Pacific, globally

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen held her first telephone talk with Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki on Nov 30, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (REUTERS) - US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday (Nov 30) reaffirmed the importance of US-Japan cooperation across a range of common priorities in the Indo-Pacific and globally in her first telephone talks with Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki.

The brief talks took place as Washington sought to boost ties with Japan and other regional powerhouses to maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region to counter China in the face of geopolitical risks such as the status of Taiwan.

"(Yellen) welcomed ongoing collaboration between the United States and Japan across a range of common priorities in the Indo-Pacific and globally," the US Treasury said in a statement issued an hour after the phone talks.

"The Secretary looks forward to continuing to strengthen the bilateral relationship and to working closely with Japan to advance shared interests like supporting a broad-based and durable recovery from the pandemic."

Mr Suzuki told reporters on Tuesday the two sides discussed the importance of bilateral coordination to tackle global issues.

The two did not exchange views on currencies, Mr Suzuki said.

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