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Japanese, Malaysian leaders confirm cooperation 

  • December 3, 2021
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Yomiuri, Mainichi, and Nikkei wrote that Prime Minister Kishida spoke by phone with Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob for 25 minutes on Thursday. The two leaders agreed to strengthen their nations’ cooperation ahead of the 40th anniversary next year of Malaysia’s adoption of its “Look East” policy, under which the nation looked to Japan as a model for economic development. Kishida stressed Japan’s opposition to any unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force in the South and East China Seas with China in mind. Kishida expressed Japan’s desire to boost cooperation with Malaysia to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific and the ASEAN Outlook for the Indo-Pacific. 

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