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Abe seeks ASEAN's aid to check Chinese expansion

But Southeast Asian bloc hesitant to get on Beijing's bad side

KOYA JIBIKI, Nikkei staff writer | China

MANILA -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a delicate balancing act at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit that kicked off here Monday as he tries to enlist Southeast Asian countries in his Indo-Pacific strategy despite their concerns over angering China.

Abe expressed a hope of leading the world together with ASEAN, which faces both the Indian and Pacific oceans.

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