• Kyodo


Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will express their resolve next month in Tokyo to bolster security ties for regional peace, with China’s growing maritime assertiveness in mind, a draft of their statement said Monday.

At a joint summit, Japan and 10-member ASEAN will vow to “further cooperate for the global interest to maintain peace and stability in the region and the world,” according to the draft, a copy of which was obtained by Kyodo News.

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