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G7, ASEAN share concern over China 

  • December 14, 2021
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All national dailies reported on the expanded G7 foreign ministerial meeting on Sunday in Liverpool, the UK, which foreign ministers from ASEAN nations were invited to attend. The participants confirmed that a free and open Indo-Pacific benefits them and shared concerns about China’s maritime advancement. According to the papers, Foreign Minister Hayashi expressed his readiness to act as a bridge between the G7 and ASEAN, telling reporters on Sunday that ASEAN’s participation in the meeting was significant and that ASEAN holds the key to achieving a free and open Indo-Pacific. However, Mainichi wrote that the ASEAN nations’ responses to China vary depending on their historical and economic relations with Beijing. 

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