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Foreign Minister Kono’s South Asian tour intended to hold China in check

  • January 7, 2018
  • , Yomiuri
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Sunday’s Yomiuri reported that Foreign Minister Kono on Saturday wrapped up his tour of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Maldives, saying that by promising greater support for their infrastructure development, the Japanese official underscored to his counterparts the importance of creating a “free and open Indo-Pacific” with the goal of holding China’s growing presence in the region in check.

 

In a related development, today’s Mainichi reported Kono’s remarks yesterday, in which he stressed that Japanese diplomacy is confronted with paramount challenges in view of China’s rapidly growing presence around the world.

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