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SINGAPORE - Japan will take on a bigger international security role, vowed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he called for states to observe the rule of law in resolving territorial disputes. Mr Abe also pledged his support for Asean countries - several locked in maritime disputes with China - as they work to protect their territories. “Japan intends to play an even greater and more proactive role than it has until now in making peace in Asia and the world something more certain,” said Mr Abe in his keynote address in Singapore on Friday at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual forum for top defence officials from the Asia-Pacific. Tensions in the region have ratcheted up recently with Japan and China locked in a long-running dispute over islands in the East China Sea. Beijing and several Asean nations are also at odds over claims to the minerals-rich South China Sea. “Japan will ...

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