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Malaysia joins Japan's list of Indo-Pacific security partners

Tokyo fortifies ties to regional players to counter China's provocations

Members of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force aboard helicopter carrier Kaga. Japan is looking to curb China's presence in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Malaysian counterpart Mohamad Sabu agreed here Tuesday to increase defense cooperation, as part of Tokyo's campaign to work more closely with Indo-Pacific countries to check China's military buildup in the region.

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