IN-DEPTH: Japan-ASEAN Summit Leaders Strengthen Ties Amid Tensions With China

Leaders from Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) emphasized their joint commitment to security and economic cooperation at a special summit on Sunday. The 50th ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit, held in Tokyo, signaled a growing bond amid tensions with China in the region.
Addressing the summit, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s description of the Japan-ASEAN bond portrayed it as a “vibrant community” aiming for a “free and open international order.”
Mr. Kishida’s repeated use of the word “community” called to mind the “community of common destiny” into which Beijing hopes to draw the ASEAN nations.
On the first evening of the Dec. 16-18 summit, guests were greeted by the resonating beats of traditional Japanese Taiko drums, as Mr. Kishida hosted a dinner for ASEAN leaders and their spouses at the state guest house, Akasaka Palace, in Tokyo….

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