(G20) France, Japan agree on Indo-Pacific projects to counter China

Business | 26 Jun 2019 6:56 pm

Japan and France issued a five-year road map today for bilateral cooperation on security, infrastructure development and various other fields.

The policy agreement was reached by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting French President Emmanuel Macron, during a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo, Kyodo reported.

Japan and France are seeking to deepen ties on maritime security and assisting developing nations with improving infrastructure, amid China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region. According to a draft of the road map that runs through 2023, areas on which the two countries will work together also include space and cyberspace.

At the outset of the bilateral session, Abe, who will also chair the upcoming Group of 20 summit in Osaka on Friday, told Macron he wants to lead discussions together with the French president, who is currently the chair of the Group of Seven industrialized countries. France will host this year’s G7 summit in August.

The two-day conference will also focus on global issues, including marine plastic waste and reforms at the World Trade Organization.

Abe and Macron confirmed the importance of maintaining global free trade, in an apparent reference to the tariff war between Washington and Beijing and its negative effects on the global economy.

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