Last year Donald Trump pulled the US out of a Pacific trade agreement, calling it a terrible deal. But now the other countries have signed it anyway, creating the world's biggest free trade zone.
In 2009, Japan set up a military facility in Djibouti to combat rising incidents of piracy off Northeast Africa. A decade later, the pirates have been largely defeated, but Tokyo intends to expand its Djibouti base.
Japan and China are economic, political and military rivals vying for influence in the Asia Pacific. But Donald Trump's contentious policies are forcing them to put their rivalry aside and cooperate.
The ten-member ASEAN and its partners are meeting this week amid worries the US-China trade row will negatively impact the region. The summit is expected to see progress made on a China-backed regional trade pact.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed a "special strategic and global partnership" with Japan, the second-largest economy in Asia. Japan is aiming to expand free trade relations amid US' protectionist policies.
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