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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.

The allies agreed to deepen defense cooperation and hold joint military drills in the area around the islands in the East China Sea amid an upsurge in Chinese incursions into Japanese waters near the islets.

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