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U.S. President Donald Trump at a joint press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul on Nov. 7.   © Reuters

South Korea balks at joining US-Japanese 'Indo-Pacific' push

Seoul puts repairing ties with China first

HIROSHI MINEGISHI, Nikkei staff writer | China

SEOUL -- South Korea has not jumped on board with the goal of a "free and open Indo-Pacific region" advocated by the U.S. and Japan, probably leery of provoking China just as the two countries have begun mending fences.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed Monday to work closer together to promote stability and growth in a region spanning both sides of the Indian Ocean, from Asia to Africa.

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