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Kishida to attend ASEAN summit meetings

Tokyo, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will attend on Wednesday online summit meetings related to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said Tuesday.


“ASEAN is the linchpin (of the efforts) to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Matsuno told a news conference. “We hope the leaders (of participating countries) will have a meaningful discussion.”


Kishida is expected to join the virtual meetings by taking time out from his campaigning for Sunday’s election for the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of Japan’s parliament.


He will take part in the Japan-ASEAN summit, the summit of the 10 ASEAN members plus Japan, China and South Korea and the East Asia Summit, all set for Wednesday, the second day of the three-day ASEAN-related summit meetings.


Participants at these meetings are expected to take up novel coronavirus measures, the situation in Myanmar, China’s growing military pressure in the South China Sea and other matters.

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