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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held the annual Japan-ASEAN summit on Monday in Manila, during which Abe said Japan and ASEAN should lead the development of a “free and open” international order.

“With ASEAN having become a main actor in the world, in which democracy, the rule of law and market economies have taken root, it is important to extend ASEAN’s success to the entire Indo-Pacific region to bring out this region’s potential,” Abe said at the outset of the talks, which were open to the press.

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