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Japan agreed with Singapore and Malaysia on Wednesday to work together to address issues related to a new U.S.-led Indo-Pacific economic framework, an initiative apparently intended to counter China’s growing influence in the region.

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi met separately with his Singaporean and Malaysian counterparts in Tokyo and vowed to strengthen bilateral ties toward a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” a vision advocated by Tokyo and Washington to counter Beijing’s military clout, according to the Foreign Ministry.

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