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

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Defense Minister Taro Kono stated Friday he will certainly see Guam to hold talks with his U.S. equivalent Mark Esper to review 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 because January followed Pentagon authorities stated China terminated 4 ballistic missiles right into the East China Sea on Wednesday in an evident caution versus U.S. reconnaissance aircrafts flying near locations where China has actually been carrying out marine drills.

During the conference at Andersen Air Force Base, both are additionally anticipated to review Japan’s prevention versus North Korean missile hazards adhering to Tokyo’s choice in June to junk the implementation of Aegis Ashore, the U.S.-developed missile defense system, Japanese defense authorities stated.

Other concerns on the program consist of boosted teamwork in between both allies in areas such as celestial spaces, the online world and digital war, they stated.

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

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