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Japan to grant patrol boats to Malaysia to counter China

VIENTIANE -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will promise to give Malaysia patrol boats during Wednesday's leaders summit between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Laos.

The military vessels, which will come previously used by the Japan Coast Guard, are expected to be handed over free of charge to Malaysia during the first half of 2017. Japan will also provide backing for coast guard training, as well as boat repairs and support for necessary communications equipment.

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