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Japan and US defense chiefs to meet in Singapore in June

Tokyo and Washington hope their closer ties will give China pause

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Austin visited Japan in March.  The Japanese and U.S. governments have been holding a series of summit and ministerial-level discussions every month.

TOKYO -- Japan's Minister of Defense Nobuo Kishi and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin plan to meet in Singapore early June, for the second time since March, to address pressing regional security issues, in particular China-Taiwan tensions, and rising cybersecurity threats.

The defense chiefs, and their peers in the region, are expected to attend the Asia Security Summit, known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore over June 4 and 5. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is hoping to attend the meeting if the COVID situation in Japan comes under control.

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