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Japan, U.S. defense chiefs to meet on Aug. 29 in Guam

Defense Minister Taro Kono is organizing talks with his U.S. equivalent Mark Esper for Aug. 29 when he checks out Guam, Defense Ministry resources stated Wednesday, with China as well as North Korea anticipated to be high on their program.

It would certainly be the Japanese preacher’s very first abroad journey because he avoided taking a trip due to the break out of the unique coronavirus, having last participated in a worldwide meeting in Germany in February.

Kono as well as the U.S. defense assistant are anticipated to talk about exactly how to take care of China’s enhancing maritime assertiveness in the East as well as South China seas, where Beijing has actually been tipping up territorial insurance claims, the resources stated.

The 2 are additionally most likely to talk about Japan’s prevention versus North Korean missile hazards following its choice in June to scrap strategies to release the U.S.-developed Aegis Ashore missile defense system.

Kono strategies to head to the U.S. Pacific area on a Self-Defense Forces airplane as well as hold talks with Esper at a U.S. base there, according to the resources.

Kono as well as Esper held a videoconference in very early July with Linda Reynolds, their equivalent in Australia, throughout which they declared their “strong opposition” to using pressure or browbeating that can change the status as well as boost stress in the East as well as South China seas, obviously with China in mind.

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