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Japan and Mekong countries to boost economic cooperation

Asian leaders lend support to Abe's 'Free and Open Indo-Pacific' strategy

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, left, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's office in Tokyo on Oct. 8 after their joint statement was released.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan agreed to deepen cooperation with countries in the Mekong region, as Tokyo aims to maintain its influence in Southeast Asia with more and more countries falling under the sway of China.

Ahead of a Japan-Mekong summit on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held individual meetings Monday with leaders of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.

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