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International relations

Japan weighs providing foreign aid for military-linked projects

Radars, dual-use ports would be covered under the expanded program

U.S. Marine Corps CH-46E helicopters taxi through U-Tapao International Airport in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Japan is considering extending ODA to dual-use airports overseas.   © U.S. Marine Corps

TOKYO -- Japan will consider broadening its foreign aid program for developing countries to cover projects such as military-use facilities and coastal radar systems, moving away from a strictly nonmilitary approach as it vies with China for influence.

Tokyo plans to create a new category for security assistance, expanding its diplomatic options in light of the increasingly challenging security environment. The change comes as Japan makes a wider policy shift, including a sharp increase in defense spending and the relaxation of stringent limits on arms exports.

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