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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida tonight to discuss differences between the US and Japan on a recent deal that gives Japan control over U.S. Steel, and shared growing concerns over the Nation of China.

Biden recently held a call with President Xi of China in which he expressed concerns about the phone application TikTok. Biden’s Administration has stated that they do support the bill passed by the House of Representatives that would ban TikTok from public use. That bill has not been brought to the floor in the Senate, though some Senators have expressed interests in bringing the bill up for a vote.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen spent the weekend in China, meeting with lead Chinese officials about US-China relations as it relates to economic matters. It is said that Taiwan was a centerpiece of these discussions with Yellen as well. The Biden Administration has been consistent in saying that they do not support or recognize Taiwan, and have a strict ‘One China Policy’.

See a clip of Biden welcoming the Japanese Prime Minister in the clip below,

Nippon Steel of Japan purchased US Steel recently, a purchase that was initially opposed by Democrat Senator John Fetterman and other members of the Democratic Party, as well as members of the Trump-supporting elements of Congress. This topic will reportedly be discussed between Biden and Kishida tonight.

Biden has said about the sale of U.S. Steel to Nippon,

U.S. Steel has been an iconic American steel company for more than a century, and it is vital for it to remain an American steel company that is domestically owned and operated.

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AP reports on this visit,

Kishida and his wife stopped by the White House Tuesday evening ahead of Wednesday’s official visit and formal state dinner as President Joe Biden looks to celebrate a decades-long ally he sees as the cornerstone of his Indo-Pacific policy. Kishida will be the fifth world leader honored by Biden with a state dinner since he took office in 2021.

The two shook hands and first lady Jill Biden embraced Kishida’s wife, Yuko. The foursome posed for a photo and briefly toured the grounds.

The Bidens were presenting the prime minister with a three-legged table handmade by a Japanese American-owned company in Pennsylvania. The president was also gifting Kishida a custom-framed lithograph and a two-volume LP set autographed by Billy Joel. Jill Biden was giving Yuko Kishida a soccer ball signed by the U.S. women’s national team and the Japanese women’s national team.

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