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Japan and Australia will likely agree during summit talks Monday to jointly develop defense equipment as they seek to bolster bilateral security and defense cooperation, a government source said Friday.

The agreement would be the first of its kind since Japan adopted new principles on the transfer of defense equipment on Tuesday to ease its long-held ban on arms exports, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to boost the nation’s status as a proactive contributor to global peace and security.

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