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Japan’s upgraded Indo-Pacific vision not quite inclusive despite assertions otherwise: Analysts

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida unveiled his country's Free and Open Indo-Pacific vision on Monday. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s much-watched upgrade to his country’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) vision, unveiled in New Delhi on Monday, was idealistic but not necessarily realistic, analysts said.

The event was steeped in symbolism, as it was in India where the late former prime minister Shinzo Abe had in 2007 mooted the Confluence of the Two Seas concept, which later metamorphosised into the FOIP in 2016. 

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