Abe, Shanahan Affirm Cooperation for Free, Open Indo-Pacific

Politics

Tokyo, June 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan agreed Tuesday to strengthen bilateral cooperation to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region, in a bid to counter China's growing influence.

Meeting at the prime minister's office, Abe and Shanahan also affirmed Tokyo-Washington cooperation to settle the issue of North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals decades ago.

At the beginning of the meeting, Abe expressed his hope that Japan and the United States will continue to strengthen their alliance's deterrence power and capacity to deal with situations after the new Japanese era of Reiwa started last month.

The prime minister said he aims to deepen cooperation with the United States further to realize the free and open Indo-Pacific vision.

Shanahan voiced his confidence that the free and open Indo-Pacific vision will be realized.

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