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Japan extends military cooperation with the Philippines

Minister of Defense of Japan Ghen Nakatani plans to visit the Philippines in April

The Japanese Defense Minister's visit to the Philippines is scheduled from late April to early May 2016. During the visit to strengthen the Philippines' defenses in the South China Sea zone, the supply of twin-engine TC-90 aircraft, which are currently training aircraft of the Japanese naval defense forces, will be discussed on January 5. Japanese media.

At the talks at the level of defense ministers of both countries, the Japanese side intends to finally resolve all issues on the supply of aircraft.

The Japanese side is interested in stepping up cooperation with the government of the Philippines, primarily in the framework of containing the influence of the PRC, which is expanding its influence in the South China Sea. As it became known, after a trip to the Philippines, Gen Nakatani plans to visit India.

These two official visits will become part of the "Strategic Cooperation on International Defense", the purpose of which the Japanese government sees in the creation of a structure in the Asia-Pacific region that can have a deterrent effect on the expansion of the Chinese naval presence in the region.
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