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Japan PM to flex muscles for Indo-Pacific security at NATO summit

Kishida plans 4-way meeting on sidelines with South Korea, Australia, New Zealand

Japanese, Australian and U.S. destroyers participate in last December's Annualex joint exercise. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Pacific Fleet)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is arranging a four-way summit with South Korea, Australia and New Zealand on the sidelines of the upcoming NATO gathering, seeking a united front among the Indo-Pacific democracies in the face of China's growing influence. 

The leaders of the four Asia-Pacific partners of NATO have been invited to attend the summit of the trans-Atlantic alliance in Madrid next week. Kishida hopes to work with the other three nations to press for NATO's increased involvement in Asia-Pacific security.

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