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US and Japan express 'serious concerns' over China coast guard law

Allies agree to hold joint drills around Senkaku Islands in 'two-plus-two' talks

From left to right, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi pose before a meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday. (Pool photo) 

TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. on Tuesday expressed "serious concerns" over a Chinese law that allows the nation's coast guard to fire at foreign ships in waters around the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyu.

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