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Japan and India defense chiefs voice solidarity on maritime status quo

Kishi and Singh oppose 'coercion' in South China and East China seas

TOKYO -- The defense ministers of Japan and India affirmed Tuesday their opposition to any use of "coercion" to bring political change in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, with concerns over Beijing's activity looming in the background.

Japan's Nobuo Kishi and Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh both said they "strongly oppose any attempts to unilaterally change the status quo by coercion or any activities that escalate tension," according to a readout of the phone conversation provided by Japan's Defense Ministry.

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