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Japan and Germany discuss joint Indo-Pacific drills at 2-plus-2

Countries focus on China's rise at first-ever comprehensive security dialogue

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi spoke with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer over a video link on April 13.   © Kyodo

TOKYO/BERLIN -- China loomed large as Japan and Germany discussed stepping up security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, possibly including joint exercises this summer, at their first "two-plus-two" meeting of foreign and defense ministers Tuesday.

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