During a four-day visit to China from Sept. 3, Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto will call for bilateral defense dialogue to be strengthened in meetings between high-ranking officials from the two countries.

The visit is aimed at forging stronger relations in a wide range of areas, including defense and the environment. The dialogue on defense is aimed at gaining Beijing’s understanding of the Japan-U.S. defense cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. China has expressed concern over the review of Japan-U.S. defense guidelines for joint military cooperation in the event of an emergency in areas surrounding Japan.

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