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Japan courts Eastern Europe with eye on EU Indo-Pacific strategy

Top diplomat Motegi kicks off tour along China's Belt and Road initiative

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is meeting with counterparts from Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary -- all members of China's Belt and Road initiative.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As the European Union works to articulate its first-ever formal strategy for the Indo-Pacific region, Japan's top diplomat has embarked on a tour of Central and Eastern Europe to garner support for a harder line on Chinese maritime expansionism.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi met with Slovenian counterpart Anze Logar on Friday. Logar urged closer bilateral cooperation with Japan in a joint news conference afterward and stressed that international law must be respected in Indo-Pacific.

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