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The Japan Coast Guard plans to establish an organization dedicated to helping Southeast Asian countries improve maritime safety, coast guard officials said, as Tokyo continues to respond to China’s growing assertiveness at sea.

The coast guard aims to build stronger ties with counterparts in the region as part of Japan’s drive to enshrine the rule of law in dealing with disputes in the South China Sea, where surrounding countries including China have competing territorial claims, they said Saturday.

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