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Indo-Pacific

U.S., Japan to develop counter-hypersonic capabilities: 2-plus-2

Allies will strengthen Tokyo's defense force 'posture' in islands near Taiwan

An American sailor operates a radar systems controller on the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh during air defense exercises with Japan in the Philippine Sea in 2020. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

NEW YORK -- The U.S. and Japan will bring together scientists and engineers to collaborate on emerging defense technologies, including ways to counter hypersonic missiles, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday.

Blinken spoke at the opening session of the virtual "two-plus-two" talks, which was attended by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi. The newly confirmed U.S. ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, joined in the meeting.

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