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U.S., Japanese defense ministers hold teleconference

  • July 31, 2021
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All national papers except Asahi reported on Saturday that Defense Minister Kishi and Defense Secretary Austin spoke by phone on Friday and agreed to hold an in-person 2+2 defense and foreign ministerial meeting in Washington by the end of this year. They also forged a consensus on enhancing the deterrence of the bilateral alliance through increased cooperation between their two militaries in view of China’s relentless attempts to alter the status quo in the South and East China Seas.

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