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International relations

Taiwan features in Japan-Australia 2+2 statement

Partners tout defense cooperation, express concern over East and South China seas

From right: Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Minister Marise Payne meet virtually on Wednesday.

TOKYO -- Japan and Australia stressed the "importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait" in a statement Wednesday after a meeting of their defense and diplomatic chiefs, highlighting security cooperation between two U.S. allies on the front lines of deterrence against China.

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