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Japan, U.S. agree to new defense talks

Date Posted: 2010-11-26

Japan and the United States are on the verge of initiating working-level talks to strengthen bilateral defense cooperation in the event of a contingency in Japan.

Japanís Prime Minister and the U.S. President want to renew the 1997 defense cooperation guidelines, according to sources familiar with Japan-U.S. relations.The sources say the two countries decided to substantially strengthen their alliance in the face of maritime collisions between a Chinese trawler and Japanese patrol boats in the East China Sea and China's recent escalation of activities in the South China Sea

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed in their meeting in Yokohama Saturday on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit to issue a joint statement on deepening Japan-U.S. security ties when Kan visits the United States next spring.

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