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International relations

China drives Japan-Germany engagement to higher level

Scholz and Kishida inaugurate intergovernmental talks with eye to economic security

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, right, brought along his top cabinet ministers to Tokyo to launch a new format for talks with Japan. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

LONDON -- When German Chancellor Olaf Scholz sat across from Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo on Saturday, it looked more like a full-on meeting of their two cabinets than a typical summit.

The leaders were flanked by their top ministers to inaugurate a new format for intergovernmental talks that reflects a shared concern over the rise of China.

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