Japan, Palau Affirm Cooperation on Indo-Pacific Vision
Tokyo, Sept. 9 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and visiting Palau President Surangel Whipps on Friday confirmed their countries will continue to cooperate closely to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region, apparently mindful of China's growing influence in the South Pacific.
During talks at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Kishida told Whipps that Palau is an important partner of Japan with over 200 years' history of bilateral exchanges.
At a time when the foundations of the international order are being shaken amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, it is important that countries sharing fundamental values such as democracy and the rule of law stand in unity, the prime minister also said.
Whipps said that Palau shares these values and the free and open Indo-Pacific initiative, and that it attaches importance to its cooperation with Japan and small island countries in the Pacific region.
Palau is one of the few nations that maintains diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
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