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Defense chief meets with Chinese envoy 

  • August 19, 2020
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Sankei
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Asahi, Sankei, and Mainichi wrote that Defense Minister Kono held talks with Chinese Ambassador Kong at the ministry on Tuesday and conveyed “strong concern” about the  Chinese Coast Guard’s aggressive patrol operations in the vicinity of the Senkakus. While also voicing “grave concern” about the situation in Hong Kong, the Japanese official reportedly underscored the importance of close bilateral communications and promoting defense exchange programs. The Defense Ministry chose not to disclose the Chinese diplomat’s responses to Kono’s statements during the 40-minute session, which was proposed by the Chinese. 

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