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Abe presses for deeper ties to slow Italy's tilt toward China

Japanese prime minister cautions Europe's embrace of Beijing's 5G push

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to bolster bilateral ties with Italy.   © Kyodo

ROME -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for deeper cooperation in the economy and defense in a Wednesday summit with Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte, eager to keep the country from leaning too far in favor of China.

"We will further strengthen Japan-Italy ties across a range of fields, including national security, defense, culture, trade and investment," Abe said at a joint news conference following their meeting. He last visited Italy two years ago, before Conte took office.

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