Defense chief to visit Europe

Kyodo

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera plans to visit Vienna from July 29 to meet with the head of Europe’s security cooperation body to discuss an Asia-Pacific conflict-prevention framework at a time when China is increasingly active in regional waters, a ministry source said Wednesday.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe draws members mainly from countries in Europe and Central Asia, including former Cold War adversaries, and provides a platform for dialogue to prevent conflicts among member states.