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Japan, India, U.S. agree to work toward free and open Indo-Pacific

OSAKA — The leaders of Japan, India and the United States agreed Friday to continue cooperating toward a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

 

Shortly after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump held their talks on the fringes of a Group of 20 summit in Osaka, they were joined by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss issues including maritime security and infrastructure investment, according a senior Japanese official.

 

At the outset of the trilateral meeting, their second since November last year, Abe called the relationship between their countries the “foundation of prosperity and stability” in the region.

 

They agreed to continue meeting annually to ensure successful trilateral cooperation, according to the White House.

 

The meeting took place amid China’s expansionary policies in regional waters, including laying claim to the Japan-held Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

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