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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday vowed to strengthen Japan's cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific region in response to China's assertive territorial claims and military buildup.

The Japan-ASEAN summit, held virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic, was the first occasion for Kishida to participate in an ASEAN gathering after replacing Yoshihide Suga as prime minister earlier this month.

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