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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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