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Japan and U.S. defense chiefs to meet in Guam about China and missiles

Defense Minister Taro Kono claimed Friday he will certainly go to Guam to hold talks with his U.S. equivalent Mark Esper to talk about local missile defense as stress increase in between the United States and China.

“Given the current security situation, it is important to have a face-to-face discussion,” Kono informed a press conference. “I want to discuss where we stand in our defense cooperation” when both meet on Saturday, he included.

The defense chiefs’ initial straight talks considering that January followed Pentagon authorities claimed China discharged 4 ballistic missiles right into the South China Sea on Wednesday in an obvious caution versus U.S. reconnaissance airplanes flying near locations where China has actually been performing marine drills.

During the conference at Andersen Air Force Base, both are likewise anticipated to talk about Japan’s prevention versus North Korean missile risks adhering to Tokyo’s choice in June to junk the release of Aegis Ashore, the U.S.-developed missile defense system, Japanese defense authorities claimed.

Other concerns on the schedule consist of improved collaboration in between both allies in areas such as celestial spaces, the online world and digital war, they claimed.

Kono will certainly head to the U.S. area aboard a Self-Defense Forces airplane for his initial abroad journey considering that February, when he participated in a worldwide seminar in Germany.