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Japan, Australian foreign ministers agree to maintain maritime order

  • November 8, 2017
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NHK reported this morning that Foreign Minister Kono and his Australian counterpart Bishop met over dinner in Vietnam on Tuesday evening and confirmed their intention to maintain the maritime order in the Indo-Pacific region. The network said Kono conveyed to Bishop that Prime Minister Abe and President Trump agreed to enhance cooperation toward realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific region with China’s maritime advancement in mind. According to the network, the two ministers also agreed to continue to work closely to maximize pressure on North Korea. The network said Kono also met with his Vietnamese counterpart Minh, adding that they agreed on the importance of the rule of law and freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific region and confirmed their intention to strengthen cooperation in maritime security.

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