Philippine President Gloria Arroyo said Wednesday she welcomed a greater global role by Japan as she discussed a stalled free trade agreement with Tokyo.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking to revise the post-World War II pacifist constitution to let the nation become more active in international peacekeeping and other military roles.
"We were very happy when you announced your foreign policy to open Japan and indeed look forward to Japan playing a bigger role, not only for economic integration but also peace, security and stability," Arroyo told reporters as she entered a meeting with Abe.
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Doesn't surprise me, but I find it interesting. 'We'll protect you.' 'Let's trade.'