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Indo-Pacific

Germany reaches for Japan to balance China-heavy Asia policy

But new left-leaning coalition has different worldviews from Japan's LDP

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, center, and members of his cabinet make their way to a news conference after signing a coalition agreement in Berlin on Dec. 7.   © Reuters

LONDON -- With Europe's attention focused on Russia, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's new ruling coalition led by the Social Democrats has not lost sight of more distant horizons: greater engagement with the Indo-Pacific.

"We want to expand our relations, including at the parliamentary level, with important value partners such as Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea," says page 157 of the 177-page agreement for the coalition that took power in December. "We want to start regular government consultations with Japan."

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