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Japan, Indonesia sign arms export agreement at 2+2 meeting 

  • March 31, 2021
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All national dailies reported on a 2+2 meeting of the foreign and defense ministers of Japan and Indonesia in Tokyo on Tuesday. The papers wrote that the two nations signed an agreement on the transfer of defense equipment and technology so that Japan can export defense equipment to Indonesia. Mainichi wrote that the move is intended to send a message to China by strengthening security cooperation between the two nations. During the meeting, Japan and Indonesia shared serious concerns over unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the South and East China Seas.  


Nikkei wrote that Japan and Indonesia also confirmed cooperation in expanding supply chains for such products as auto parts and semiconductors by increasing Japanese investment in the nation and making Indonesia a production hub with the aim of reducing dependence on China.  

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