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One country that seems willing to contribute to realizing this vision is Japan.Japan's world-class navy has already begun operating far beyond the country's waters in order to establish its position in the region.Cooperation between India and Japan builds on, among other things, the trilateral India-Japan-U.S. "Malabar" naval exercises.If India signed a military logistics agreement with Japan, as it has with the U.S., the Indian navy would be better able to expand its footprint to the western Pacific, while enabling Japan to project its naval power in the Indian Ocean.Fortunately, relations among the Indo-Pacific's four key maritime democracies, Australia, India, Japan and the U.S., are stronger than ever, characterized by high-level linkages and intelligence-sharing. If Japan and India, after China, the region's most influential countries, can leverage their relationship to generate progress toward a broader concert of democracies in the region, the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific may be achievable after all.
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