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ASEAN crafts position on US 'Free and Open Indo-Pacific' strategy

Foreign ministers seek to ensure 10-member group is not marginalized

SINGAPORE (Kyodo) -- Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are working to come up with a common position on a geopolitical framework for the Indo-Pacific, a term widely used recently in place of Asia-Pacific, to ensure that the 10-member grouping is not marginalized, ASEAN officials said Wednesday.

The position, based on a paper circulated by Indonesia to the nine other ASEAN countries, will be adopted when the ASEAN foreign ministers gather for a three-day meeting in Singapore starting Thursday.

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