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Japan proposes 2+2 with China

  • May 29, 2019
  • , Kyodo
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Kyodo reported on Tuesday that the GOJ has proposed to China the idea of launching a dialogue mechanism between the two nations’ foreign and defense ministers in a bid to deepen mutual trust in the security arena. According to several sources involved in bilateral relations, Foreign Minister Kono made the proposal when he met with senior Chinese officials in April and May. The Japanese side is reportedly hoping that the launch of a standing, high-level 2+2 forum modeled after the U.S.-China “diplomatic and security dialogue”  (D&SD) will help defuse tensions over Chinese advances into the South and East China Seas. As the Chinese side has allegedly been noncommittal in its response to the Japanese proposal, the article projected that Prime Minister Abe may take it up when he meets with President Xi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka next month.

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