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Japan on Friday gave formal recognition to the state of Niue, a self-governing Pacific island in free association with New Zealand, as the world’s third-largest economy seeks to boost its diplomacy in the Pacific.

“We intend to boost our relations with Niue through cooperation on the international stage,” Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said at a news conference, announcing the decision ahead of a summit between Japan and the Pacific Islands Forum in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture next week.

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