Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Japan, Germany hold 1st security talk


TOKYO: Japan and Germany agreed in security talks Tuesday to expand their military cooperatio­n as the two nations shared concern about China's increasing assertiven­ess in the Indo-Pacific region.

At the so-called two-plustwo talks held online, the Japanese and German foreign ministers and defense ministers agreed to step up their cooperatio­n in defense and military equipment and technology transfers based on their intelligen­ce sharing pact signed in March.

The four ministers exchanged views on China's territoria­l claims in the East and South China seas and shared grave concern over the situation in Hong Kong and the human rights conditions in China's Xinjiang region, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Germany has been increasing engagement in the Indo-Pacific region and will be dispatchin­g a frigate to the region.

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