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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday that he will consider dispatching the Self-Defense Forces to the South China Sea while examining the impact of the situation there on Japan’s security, a Japanese official said, as the two allies seek ways to defuse tensions in the waters.

The comments were made in a bilateral meeting Thursday on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila and came after the U.S. raised China’s ire last month by sailing a warship close to an artificial island whose waters China views as its own territory.

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