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India and Japan to cement relations with new security deal

Countries look to check China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region

Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, left, and his Japanese counterpart Takeshi Iwaya bow in front of Indian and Japanese flags ahead of their meeting in Tokyo on Sept. 2.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- India and Japan are set to become "quasi-allies" as they bolster security ties in the face of China's rising military capabilities.

The two countries are planning their first foreign and defense ministerial meeting, dubbed 2+2, in India for late November, hoping to pave the way for an Indian summit next month between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

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