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Japan calls off defense ministerial meeting with South Korea

Yomiuri reported that Defense Minister Iwaya has decided not to hold talks with his ROK counterpart in Singapore on the margins of the annual Shangri La Dialogue that starts on May 31 based on the assessment that such a meeting would be premature as the bilateral dispute over a South Korean warship’s radar illumination of an MSDF patrol plane may command renewed attention. However, a trilateral defense ministers’ session also involving Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan will probably be convened as planned, and the Japanese official is also expected to meet separately with the Chinese defense chief on the sidelines on June 1.  

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