• Kyodo


Defense Minister Gen Nakatani plans to meet with his Philippine counterpart, Voltaire Gazmin, possibly as soon as April to beef up security ties amid China’s increasing maritime assertiveness, according to a government source.

Nakatani may discuss Japan providing TC-90 training aircraft to the Philippines that can be used to conduct surveillance in the South China Sea, where China and the Philippines have competing territorial claims, the source said Tuesday.

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