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Japan, Australia Officials to Discuss Military Partnerships

Japan Marine ForcesDefense and foreign affairs officials from both Japan and Australia are set to discuss closer military ties amid the growing maritime tensions in the Asia-Pacific region with China, Agence France-Presse reported Sunday.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera will met their Australian counterparts Julie Bishop and David Johnston on Wednesday to consider the transfer of Japanese submarine technology to Australia, AFP reports.

Canberra is seeking to modernize its stealth submarine fleet over the coming years under a $37 billion initiative, according to the report.

Onodera said military relationships between Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. are important to maintain security in East Asia, the report says.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has moved to lift the country’s ban on weapons exports and sought to bring Japan to further global participation.

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