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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.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi warned of increasing Chinese military activity in the Indo-Pacific. "Owing to unilateral efforts to change the status quo by force, we can no longer rely on the assumptions that have supported peace and stability in the international community," he said.

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