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Promoting Japan's answer to China's Belt and Road

To compete with Beijing, Tokyo must go out and market the free and open Indo-Pacific brand

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If the Free and Open Indo-Pacific is to compete, it is essential that it continues beyond the Abe era.   © Reuters

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made his concept of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific the centerpiece of Japan's foreign policy. Yet the idea has been badly promoted and remains poorly understood across Asia.

If the Abe government is to succeed in presenting an attractive alternative to China's Belt and Road Initiative, the huge infrastructure program which holds its second international forum in Beijing this week (starting April 25), Japan must be bolder in defining FOIP as a brand.

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