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Japan woos Germany on Indo-Pacific with first '2-plus-2' talks

Countries pursue greater security cooperation with eye on China

A member of the German Navy guards a frigate as he takes part in the exercise "Northern Coast", in the Baltic Sea. Berlin is expanding the reach of its maritime forces.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan and Germany will hold the first meeting of their foreign and defense ministers in mid-April to discuss joint efforts toward ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific, in response to China's growing presence in the region.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi will meet with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer via teleconference.

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