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ROK no longer refers to Japan as “partner” in white paper

Kyodo reported from Seoul on the 2020 Defense White Paper issued by the South Korean Defense Ministry on Tuesday, highlighting its description of Japan as a “neighbor.” The previous version released two years ago called Japan a “partner” with which it needed to cooperate. A ministry source reportedly attributed the apparent downgrading to Tokyo’s decision in 2019 to tighten export controls on Korea-bound strategic materials.

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