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TOKYO, Nov. 5, 2017 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump (L) is greeted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon his arrival at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, near Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 5, 2017. (Xinhua/IANS) by .
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The top US diplomat for South Asia, Alice Wells, and Susan Thornton, the State Department official in-charge of the East Asia and Pacific affairs, are to jointly lead Washington’s delegation to the India-US-Japan Trilateral Dialogue in New Delhi this week….reports Asian Lite News

Alice Wells, US diplomat for South Asia

The top US diplomat for South Asia, Alice Wells, and Susan Thornton, the State Department official in-charge of the East Asia and Pacific affairs, are to jointly lead Washington’s delegation to the India-US-Japan Trilateral Dialogue in New Delhi this week.

The State Department announced on Monday that Wells, who is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, and Thornton, who is the Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, will travel to India on Tuesday.

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Susan Thornton

The Trilateral Dialogue is scheduled to take place from Wednesday to Friday.

On Friday, Wells is also to participate in the India-US Forum hosted by the Ananta Centre and the External Affairs Ministry.

Under President Donald Trump’s strategic policy for the Indo-Pacific region, Washington is interested in developing close between India and Japan, as well as Australia to be counter-weight to China.

Last week External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Japan to co-chair the ninth India-Japan Strategic Dialogue with Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono.