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Japan beefs up defense cooperation with ASEAN

  • November 23, 2019
  • , Sankei
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Sankei wrote on Saturday that Tokyo is keen to strengthen security cooperation with ASEAN members with the goal of reining in China’s rapid militarization of the South China Sea. Defense Minister Kono met separately with his counterparts from Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, and Indonesia on the fringes of the recent ASEAN confab in Bangkok and explained Tokyo’s commitment to offer military equipment and technology to help them build up their defense capacity and deal with China’s military pressure in the vicinity of the South China Sea.

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