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US and Japan take on China provocations with 'unbreakable' alliance

'2-plus-2' Tokyo meeting kicks off Asia tour by American national security team

A China Coast Guard vessel near the Senkaku Islands. (Source photo by Kyodo) 

TOKYO -- The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and the U.S. will meet for their "two-plus-two" dialogue on Tuesday, when they are expected to single out and criticize China's maritime advances in explicit terms.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Japan on Monday evening to kick off their Asia tour, including South Korea. The two will meet with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi on Tuesday. Japan will be the first foreign visit for Blinken and Austin since they took the posts.

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