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Japan expands peacekeeping support in Africa and ASEAN

Medical and construction training aims to counter rising Chinese influence

Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force provided training to local troops in Cambodia as "capacity-building support."

TOKYO -- Japan's Self-Defense Forces will provide more support for United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa and Southeast Asia this fiscal year amid Tokyo's concerns about China's growing presence on such missions.

Ground Self-Defense Force personnel have been deployed to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi since 2015 to train Kenyan and Tanzanian soldiers on operating heavy construction machinery such as bulldozers. Japan will set up a base in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this fiscal year to provide similar training to Vietnamese and Thai forces.

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