Asia Pacific In jab at China, Japan's Abe promises stronger security role in Asia

Prime Minister Abe vowed to support southeast Asian countries embroiled in territory disputes with China. Japan will send Coast Guard ships to Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia. 

By , Staff Writer

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Friday that his country would play a bigger security role in Asia, setting Tokyo firmly on the side of Southeast Asian nations engaged in territorial disputes with China.