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Japan Pushes Back Against U.K. Plan to Boost G-7 Asia Reach

  • U.K. wants Australia, South Korea, India at ministers meeting
  • U.K. plans for the three nations and G-7 to sign a charter
Yoshihide Suga
Yoshihide SugaPhotographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg
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Japan has raised concerns about British proposals to invite Australia, India and South Korea to a meeting of Group of Seven foreign ministers and have them sign up to a joint charter with the forum, according to a diplomatic cable seen by Bloomberg.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s government “pushed back strongly,” the note says, arguing that the aim of the summit should be to rebuild the G-7 after a difficult year, and not “institutionalize” a relationship with the invited guests.