For years, US ambitions in Asia have faced a seemingly insurmountable obstacle: animosity between Washington's key allies, Japan and South Korea.
On Friday, President Joe Biden will seize on a breakthrough between the Asian neighbours' leaders with a first-of-a-kind three-way summit, hoping to institutionalize the new spirit of cooperation.
Against a backdrop of high tensions and rising missile tests by North Korea, Biden, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida are expected to announce new initiatives to work together on missile defence, intelligence-sharing and technology.
Hoping to bring added pomp, Biden has invited Yoon and Kishida to Camp David, the presidential resort in the hills outside Washington synonymous with Middle East peacemaking, in the first major diplomatic event since 2015.
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