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U.S. President Donald Trump will affirm a robust alliance with Japan, vow “maximum pressure” on North Korea and underscore the importance of promoting “a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” when he meets Prime Minister Shinzo Abe next month in Tokyo, a senior White House official said Monday.

During a three-day visit to Japan starting Nov. 5, Trump will focus on ways for the allies to “work together to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” the official said, apparently taking aim at China’s assertive territorial claims in the East and South China seas, as well as Beijing’s increased military presence in the Indian Ocean.

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