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International relations

Japan and US to single out China at '2-plus-2' meeting

Allies plan to take stronger stance in meeting of top security officials

A China Coast Guard vessel sails near the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture on Feb. 15.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and the U.S. meet for their "two-plus-two" dialogue early next week, when they are expected to release a joint statement that explicitly expresses concern over China's repeated incursions into the territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, which are administered by Japan but claimed by China.

Washington and Tokyo plan to expand cooperation on China. President Joe Biden's administration faces a sharpened rivalry with Beijing over security and technology issues.

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