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Trump and new Japan PM Suga discuss 'free and open Indo-Pacific' - US

The two leaders discussed the importance of pursuing a shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, the White House said in a statement.

Japan’s newly elected Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga poses for a portrait at his office following a press conference at the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) headquarters in Tokyo on 14 September 2020. Picture: AFP

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump on Sunday spoke to Japan's new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, to congratulate him on taking office and to discuss a "free and open Indo-Pacific" region, which is increasingly dominated by China.

"The two leaders discussed the importance of pursuing our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, continuing to strengthen the United States-Japan Alliance, and working together to strengthen the global economy," the White House said in a statement.

China is locked in disputes with neighbours including Japan and Vietnam over islands in the South China Sea.

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