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Countering China is top priority for Japan PM contender Kishida

Ex-foreign minister stresses Indo-Pacific partnership to stand against authoritarianism

Fumio Kishida, a former Japanese foreign minister and a contender to lead the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, speaks to Nikkei on Sept. 2. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Dealing with China would be a top priority in his government, Fumio Kishida, a contender to succeed Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, told Nikkei, expressing "deep alarm" at Beijing's aggressive behavior on the diplomatic and economic fronts.

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