On Saturday, April 17, six U.S. lawmakers joined with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to reaffirm the long-term alliance between the two countries in light of China’s growing presence.

During the meeting, the group of senior U.S. lawmakers, led by Senator Lindsey Graham, agreed with Kishida on the significance of keeping a “free and open Indo-Pacific region.”

The six lawmakers’ visit comes right after their previous stop in Taiwan, where they made a clear and public pledge of support for the self-governing island while also conveying a warning to China.

Japan has a close relationship with the U.S. and is home to a sizable U.S. military troops under a post-WWII security alliance.

Early last week, China deployed four of its largest and most advanced destroyers to the east coast as a U.S. carrier strike group conducted an exercise with Japan near the Korean peninsula.

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