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Countries agree on ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’

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Visited Tokyo with Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakhrishnan and Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah.

Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and his counterparts, who came to a different conclusion, agreed to increase comprehensive bilateral cooperation with the vision of “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”.

During the meetings, issues such as “opposing the change of the status quo in the region by force and maintaining peace and stability at sea” were discussed.

Ministers also discussed regional cooperation opportunities within the scope of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), which was launched under the leadership of the USA during the week.

The IPEF initially includes the USA and Japan, as well as India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei.

Currently, with its membership volume, IPEF is equivalent to 40 percent of the world’s gross national product.

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