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Japan, France agree at 2+2 meeting to hold maritime dialogue on Indo-Pacific

  • January 12, 2019
  • , Yomiuri, Sankei
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Yomiuri and Sankei reported on Saturday morning on the Japan-France 2+2 meeting held in Brest, France, on Jan. 11. The participants issued a joint communique stating that the two countries will set up a “comprehensive dialogue on maritime security,” which will hold its first meeting in 2019, to promote cooperation for the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific, as well as conduct joint naval exercises and work toward the early effectuation of the bilateral ACSA.


Sankei also noted that while France did not take a strong interest in the Indo-Pacific at the four previous bilateral 2+2 meetings, it has now shifted its stance in light of China’s growing military presence in this region, where France has overseas territories.


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