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International relations

Asian oil buyers tested by US plan for Gulf coalition

Japan, India and China pressed to provide own protection in vital sea lane

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter sits on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer, in the Arabian Gulf. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

WASHINGTON/DUBAI -- The U.S. held a multinational gathering Friday to discuss protecting ships in the Strait of Hormuz, putting pressure on countries in Asia -- which consumes over 70% of oil shipped through the strait -- to share more of the burden.

Representatives from Japan and elsewhere participated in the unofficial briefing by officials from the State and Defense departments, which covered Washington's goals and the roles it hopes to have partners play.

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