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U.S., Japanese, Australian leaders confirm firm unity

Mainichi, Yomiuri, and Sankei reported on a meeting held between President Trump, Prime Minister Abe, and Australian Prime Minister Turnbull on Monday in Manila. Yomiuri and Sankei wrote that the three leaders confirmed that their nations will continue to work closely to increase pressure on North Korea to the maximum level. While noting that the U.S. and Japan plan to strengthen cooperation with Australia and India based on their strategy of creating a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” Mainichi quoted President Trump as saying that major progress is being made in cooperation with Japan and Australia, while Abe said that the three nations share universal values and strategic interests. Turnbull said that the three nations will respond to North Korea’s reckless provocations in a unified manner. Meanwhile, diplomats from the U.S., Japan, Australia, and India confirmed their nations’ cooperation based on freedom of navigation and other common rules during their discussions on the Indo-Pacific region in Manila on Sunday.

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