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Trump, Abe to pursue India-Pacific link as China looks on

Partners to work with India, Australia; delicate diplomacy needed for Beijing

| Japan

TOKYO -- The U.S. and Japan have agreed to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region, inviting India and Australia to also join the challenge. But the partners face the delicate task of not becoming a simple alliance against China.

Trump and Abe, appearing in a joint press conference Monday, stressed the importance of their strategy. Preserving freedom of the seas is "critical to the peace and prosperity" of the Indo-Pacific region, Abe said, adding that Japan and the U.S. "will play a leading role" in doing so.

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