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International relations

Japan looks to cement Indonesia as key regional partner in 2-plus-2

Tokyo and ASEAN powerhouse agree to diversify China-heavy supply chains

Workers at a clothing factory in Bandung: Japan is subsidizing companies that invest in Indonesia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan and Indonesia agreed Tuesday to make supply chains less reliant on China with an eye toward ensuring economic security amid Beijing's growing influence.

Japanese Foreign Minister and Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi met with Indonesian counterparts Retno Marsudi and Prabowo Subianto here for the countries' first "two-plus-two" dialogue since December 2015.

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