NATO leaders sent mixed signals at their summit on Wednesday on a possible plan to open an office in Japan — an idea that has been blocked by France and criticized by China.

Asked about the plan at a news conference at the end of the summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, French President Emmanuel Macron said NATO should keep its focus firmly on the North Atlantic region.

But NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the idea of a liaison office in Tokyo was still up for discussion.