Japan, Philippines eye further defence cooperation at first 2+2 meeting

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and the Philippines agreed on Saturday to consider further expanding defence cooperation against a backdrop of regional tensions and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The meeting in Tokyo of the two Asian nations’ foreign and defence ministers was the first in the “2+2” format between the key U.S. allies. The two countries will look at potentially enhancing cooperative activity and sharing supplies, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said after the meeting. Tokyo and Manila have been at odds with China over its conduct in the East and South China Seas, while Russia…

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