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Japan to iron out deal on arms exports to Indonesia

Inking pact at 'two plus two' meeting with regional power will symbolize a united front against China

Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, left, and Japanese counterpart Nobuo Kishi meet at the Defense Ministry building in Tokyo on March 28.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan hopes to sign an agreement with Indonesia on Tuesday to clear the way for exports of defense equipment amid stepped-up Chinese activities at sea.

Foreign and defense ministers from the two countries are slated to meet in "two-plus-two" talks here that day to seal the deal.

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