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U.S., Japan hold bilateral security discussions

NHK reported this morning that the State Department announced on Thursday that the governments of the U.S. and Japan held bilateral security discussions by video teleconference on March 4. The network said according to the State Department, “both sides reiterated their strong opposition to unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force or coercion in the East and South China Seas” and shared “their deep concerns over the PRC’s Coast Guard Law.”  They also reportedly “confirmed their continued close coordination to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific,” enhance deterrence, and further strengthen the U.S.-Japan Alliance. The network said Tokyo and Washington are making arrangements for Secretary State Blinken and Secretary of Defense Austin to visit Japan around March 15 for talks with Foreign Minister Motegi and Defense Minister Kishi adding that a “2+2” meeting is expected to be held during their stay in Japan. The network conjectured that the participants also exchanged views on the planned high-level visits during the teleconference on Thursday.

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