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Trump, Abe to pursue India-Pacific link as China looks on

Nov 07 , 2017

The U.S. and Japan have agreed to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region, inviting India and Australia to also join the challenge. But the partners face the delicate task of not becoming a simple alliance against China.


Trump and Abe, appearing in a joint press conference Monday, stressed the importance of their strategy. Preserving freedom of the seas is "critical to the peace and prosperity" of the Indo-Pacific region, Abe said, adding that Japan and the U.S. "will play a leading role" in doing so.

"We're going to work to straighten a lot of things out, including trade, including military problems," said Trump. "We have a lot of things to work on."


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