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Philippines, Japan to Hold Security Talks Next Month

A China Coast Guard ship (R) sailing past a Philippine fishing boat with volunteers from the civilian-led mission Atin Ito (This Is Ours) Coalition on board, in the disputed South China Sea on May 16, 2024. Ted ALJIBE / AFP

Japan and the Philippines are to hold high-level defence and security talks next month, the foreign department said Friday, as the two countries seek to boost ties in the face of China’s growing regional pressure.

Japan’s Defence Minister Minoru Kihara and Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa will discuss “bilateral and defence and security issues affecting the region” at the July 8 Manila meeting, a department statement said.

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