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In Indo-Pacific push, Japan to export arms to Vietnam

Suga to sign deal on maiden visit to Southeast Asia as prime minister

Japan has been promoting its P-1 patrol plane, like this one, and the C-2 transport plane abroad. (Photo by Tim Felce)

TOKYO -- Japan plans to sign an agreement allowing it to export defense equipment and technology to Vietnam, part of its push to bolster the defense capabilities of Indo-Pacific nations to counter Chinese maritime advances.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced Tuesday that he will make his first foreign trip in his new job next week, visiting Vietnam and Indonesia. He is expected to sign the Vietnam deal as part of this.

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