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Suga and Macron vow to cooperate in the Indo-Pacific

Joint statement refers to Hong Kong and Xinjiang as 'serious concerns'

The meeting of Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron was their second face-to-face summit, after the G7 gathering in June in the U.K. (Reuters)

TOKYO -- Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed to strengthen security ties to achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific region, when the two leaders met in Tokyo on Saturday.

The two leaders held a 15-minute conference, followed by a one-on-one lunch meeting that lasted about 80 minutes. The occasion was their second face-to-face summit after the G7 summit in June in the U.K.

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