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Chinese defense minister to meet Japanese counterpart in Singapore

Li Shangfu to hold 1st meeting with Hamada on sidelines of Shangri-La forum

Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, left, and Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu will meet for the first time in Singapore. (Source photos by AP and Kento Awashima)

TOKYO -- Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada will hold a meeting with Chinese counterpart Li Shangfu in Singapore, Tokyo announced on Friday.

Hamada will attend the Shangri-La Dialogue in the city-state, which runs from Friday to Sunday. During his stay, he is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with ministers from Ukraine, South Korea, Australia and China. Also on the agenda is a trilateral with the U.S. and South Korea, and another with the U.S. and Australia, Hamada's ministry said in a release.

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