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Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba said Tuesday he strongly hopes to establish a Japan-U.S.-China framework to deal with Asia-Pacific issues.

During his foreign policy speech in the Diet, Genba stressed that while Japan-U.S. relations will continue to be the core of the nation’s diplomacy and security, the two countries need to include China to establish an “open and multitiered network” in the Asia-Pacific region to maximize its growth opportunity and minimize risk.

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