URGENT: Japan, EU agree to aim for "free, open" Indo-Pacific

The leaders of Japan and the European Union agreed Thursday to cooperate in realizing a "free and open" Indo-Pacific and ensuring economic and energy security, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday.

In a joint press briefing after their summit, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the 27-member bloc wants to take a more "active" role in the region that is thriving and also "a theater of tensions," in a veiled reference to the rise of an assertive China.

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