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International relations

Japan and US tout 60-year-old alliance as global risks rise

Tokyo and Washington chart close cooperation on China and Iran

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono speak with reporters at the Pentagon on Jan. 14.

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON -- U.S. and Japan foreign policy and defense chiefs have reaffirmed the countries' 60-year-old security partnership, hailing it as a bulwark against global risks that stretch from China to the Middle East. 

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo proclaimed the alliance stronger than ever as they met Tuesday in Silicon Valley, near San Francisco.

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