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Japan and India to hold 2-plus-2 talks with eye on China

Defense and diplomatic chiefs to lay groundwork for Suga-Modi summit

An honor guard from Japan's Self-Defense Forces attends a welcoming ceremony for a 2019 meeting between Japan's and India's defense ministers in Tokyo.

TOKYO -- Japan and India plan to hold a "two-plus-two" meeting of foreign and defense ministers here to discuss security cooperation as early as late April, as China ramps up activity in the East and South China seas.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi will participate in the talks with Indian counterparts Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh. The two sides are expected to affirm they will work together toward a free and open Indo-Pacific.

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