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NATO to defer decision on Tokyo liaison office

Wary of China, France makes deal at summit unlikely; bloc sets year-end target

NATO has proposed a liaison office in Tokyo to help deepen security cooperation with democratic countries such as Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.   © Reuters

BRUSSELS/VIENNA -- NATO is poised to defer its decision on establishing a liaison office in Tokyo until autumn or later, Nikkei has learned.

The North Atlantic military alliance initially planned to enshrine the establishment of the Tokyo office in documents to be adopted at NATO's two-day summit beginning Tuesday in Lithuania.

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