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Japan, France to launch maritime dialogue with China in mind

  • June 4, 2018
  • , Yomiuri evening edition
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Monday evening’s Yomiuri front-paged the disclosure by several GOJ sources that when visiting Paris in mid-July for a summit meeting with President Macron, Prime Minister Abe is likely to officially endorse a French proposal to create a bilateral mechanism to discuss issues at sea in order to safeguard maritime interests in the Asia-Pacific region against China’s maritime advancement. Under the envisaged framework, which apparently is partly intended to raise France’s profile in the Western Pacific, the two governments are expected to discuss such issues as joint military training and energy development at sea. The Japanese side has reportedly welcomed the French proposal since it is compatible with Abe’s policy initiative of creating a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” Tokyo is eager to expand its network of foreign partners willing to counter China’s militarization of the South China Sea.

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